This week in country music: 1960 Hank Locklin

Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 6:27 AM CDT
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(KFVS) - How about a little classic country on this Tuesday morning.

Today we check the biggest hits from this week in 1960.

Fifty-eight years ago Billboard Magazine's Country Chart had Lewis Pruitt at number five with Softly And Tenderly (I'll Hold You in My Arms). Pruitt was the longtime lead guitarist for Carl Smith.

Ernest Ashworth was in the number four position with Each Moment (Spent With You).  Ashworth left his job doing guided missile work at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal to pursue a country music career. Each Moment was his very first chart hit and it paved the way for him to join the Grand Ole Opry.  Three years later he would release his signature song Talk Back Trembling Lips.

At number three was Above and Beyond by Buck Owens.  It was written by legendary songwriter Harlan Howard who churned out country hits for over six decades.  By the way, Howard was married to West Plains, Missouri native and Grand Ole Opry star Jan Howard.

Checking in at number two was Ray Price with One More Time. It was another song with a honky tonk beat which made Price one of country music's biggest stars in the late 1950's and early 1960's.  Many music critics regard Price as having one of the best male voices in country music.  He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

And in the top spot for this week in '60 was Hank Locklin with Please Help Me I'm Falling.   It was one of Locklin's signature songs.  It spent an amazing 14 weeks at number one and a total of nine months on the country chart.  It even crossed over to pop radio where it climbed to the number 8 position on Billboard's Hot 100.  But the song is considered a country standard and has been recorded by lots of acts over the years including: Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, Gladys Knight and John Fogerty.

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