Lawrence Hankins Locklin, 15 February 1918, McLellan, Florida. d. 9 March 2009, Brewton, Alabama. A farm boy, Locklin worked in the cotton fields as a child and on the roads during the Depression of the 30s. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and was soon performing on local radio and at dances. His professional career started in 1938 and after an interruption for military service, he worked various local radio stations, including WALA Mobile and KLEE Houston. In 1949, he joined the The Louisiana Hayride on KWKH Shreveport and achieved his first country chart entry with his Four Star recording of his self-penned The Same Sweet One. In 1953, Let Me Be The One became his first country number 1. After moving to RCA Records in the mid-50s, he had Top 10 US country hits with Geisha Girl, his own Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, both also making the US pop charts, and Its A Little More Like...
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