15 August 1933, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, d. 19 June 1997, Martinsville, Indiana, USA. Helms was something of a child prodigy, who was playing guitar and singing a mixture of pop and country on local radio at the age of 12, and from 1946-54, he regularly appeared on WWTV Bloomington. He made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, having impressed WSM officials so much that they had him flown to Nashville to appear. He signed with Decca Records and in 1957, his recording of Lawton Williams Fraulein, his first US country chart entry, was a number 1 (even reaching number 36 in the US pop charts). The song stayed in the country charts for 52 weeks, which, according to Joel WhitburnsRecord Research, is the second longest chart tenure of all time. The same year also saw him with two further hits, My Special Angel and the original version of Jingle Bell Rock, both of which became million sellers and made the Top 10 in...
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