Hank Locklin

Country music singer-songwriter Hank Locklin was one of country music’s first prominent 'honky-tonk’ singers, releasing his first album Foreign Love in 1958. Hank was a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry for 50 years, first performing in 1960 and making his last appearance in 2007. In 2006 he released his 65th and final album on Yell Records, titled By the Grace of God: The Gospel Album. Over his 50-year career, it is estimated he had sold over 15 million records, with many of his songs being later re-recorded by other influential artists such as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Hank died March 8, 2009, at the age of 91. For more on Hank Locklin visit his bio on allmusic.com here.