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Friday, March 13, 2009

Wille King, Hank Locklin, Two Alabama Greats

Hank Locklin
Hank Locklin

Bluesman Willie King Services
Willie King

Listen up. The daddy is still feeling the loss of Willie King, one of our greatest blues guitarists and a hell of a man too. But he is also feeling Hank Locklin, a 91 old dude from the Grand Ole Opry. Growing up, the daddy used to listen to Locklin all the time. Why? Because, in many places in the South, including Alabama and Georgia, where I lived, country & western music out of Nashville would come on radio early in the morning before the local R&B stations. That's how the daddy got to hear the Brewton, Alabama native and his sweet tenor voice sing "Please help me I'm falling" and "Send me the pillow you dream on."

Locklin's and King's death (Only one day apart. Locklin died on Saturday, March 7, and King on Sunday, March 8) provide southerners, especially Alabamians, an opportunity to brag about the numerous great musicians that have come out of Alabama. They will bring up the Muscle Shoals musicians (the ones who backed up Aretha Franklin, among others), Hank Locklin and Willie King. And they will end up by saying in no uncertain terms, "Not all the great ones came from Mississippi and Tennessee you know!"

The following is an editorial from the Anniston Star, a newspaper out of Anniston, Alabama (http://www.annistonstar.com/as-index.htm) that does a little bragging of its own. Check it out.

The loss of Locklin, King
In Our Opinion

The silence that comes when famed musicians pass away is a shock to those who treasure such glorious work. This week, that silence is being felt all across Alabama. The deaths of Hank Locklin and Willie King, immortal musicians both, have left a gaping hole in the decorated list of legendary Alabama performers. Neither men, nor their work, can be replaced.Locklin, of Brewton, was the oldest member of the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed for nearly five decades and became a cornerstone performer of old-time country music. With the God-given talent of his famed tenor voice, Locklin recorded 65 albums, charted 70 singles and sold more than 15 million records worldwide. His status is secure Bart Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, described Locklin's death in the New York Times as the loss of country music's "fourth Hank." The other three were Hank Williams, Hank Snow and Hank Thompson.

No less important was the Alabama blues of King, whose voice and guitar work were heralded for setting the standard for what he called the "struggling blues" of Deep South juke joints. Once named the male artist of the year by Living Blues magazine, King's never-bending style and rigorous touring schedule made him an international star.

6 comments:

Christopher said...

I always think one day I will live in Alabama.

I am interested in Birmingham. Maybe Hoover or Vestavia Hills.

The thing that keeps us from moving there is the Republican dominance of the politics. I don't do too good with Republicans, you know and they don't take too well to me, either.

The other place in south I like a lot is Oxford, Mississippi. I found it to be about the perfect size and the climate is most agreeable. So many writers live in and around Oxford.

Strange for a Californian, huh?

MacDaddy said...

Christopher: Up and down the South Carolina and North Carolina coast is great. San Antonio is very beautiful, very colorful. I love Atlanta too. Also Naples and Bonita Spring, Florida.

There are many nice places in the South, where the people are friendly and stay out of your business.

Anonymous said...

I think it's interesting you featured both a white and black guy. Equal opportunity.

Anonymous said...

well, i guess something good came out of alabama.

Anonymous said...

Christopher, I highly recommend NOT moving anywhere south unless you are card carrying Republican and Baptist. The prejudice is abhorrent. It's "now i don't have anything against those blacks -- they just want to live together in one area, so that's ok. nothing wrong with it." And y'all come to church now (and we'll save your soul you gay/lesbo commie from up north). I've come to hate visiting the south. . .

SagaciousHillbilly said...

I've lived in the south most of my life. I find that people here really do let you do whatever you want as long as you keep it on your side of the fence. When I first moved out into BFE more than 35 yrs ago, there was a couple next door to us that were lesbians. The neighbors found them quite fascinating and helped them out a lot with their garden and when anything went astray.
I grew highly sought after herbal products for years and never had a bit of trouble from the neighbors. Later, after I quit such activity and became a productive member of the community I found out that everyone knew exactly what I was doing.
So "the south" is not the horrid depths of hell that some people think it is.