I originally uploaded an instru version of this track on Oct. 17, 2011. However, here's a vocal version from the late '70s (if my memory serves me right) that I recently found on an old cassette. Originally a huge hit for country crooner Hank Locklin in 1957 on RCA. Hope you enjoy (in spite of the uncanny admiration of a one shot repetitive photo, HAHA!!)...
Lawrence Hankins Locklin, better known as Hank Locklin, was born on February 15, 1918 in McClellan in the Florida Panhandle.
He grew up working in the cotton fields to supplement his family's low income. He began playing the guitar at the age of nine during his recovery after being seriously injured when hit by a school bus.
His first marriage to Willa Jean Murphy ended in divorce. In 1970 he married Anita Crooks of Brewton, Alabama. He had a son and four daughters, 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a few close great nieces and nephews such as Sarah Locklin.
Locklin was one of country music's early honky tonk singers. He first recorded for Royalty, a small label in northeast Texas, but soon moved to Gold Star, then 4 Star Records, a regional country music label, and then Decca, before signing a long contract with the major RCA Victor. He had an estimated 15 million record sales worldwide and his songs were recorded by many other artists, including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, Dwight Yoakam and Dean Martin. He regularly appeared on the Grand Ole Opry for nearly 50 years, beginning in 1960, making his final appearance in 2007.
He had 70 chart singles, from 1949 -- 71, including six number ones on Billboard's country chart. Locklin's biggest hits included "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", "Geisha Girl" and his signature "Please Help Me, I'm Falling", which went to number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart. Billboard's 100th anniversary issue listed it as the second most successful country single of the rock and roll era. Other hits for Locklin included "Happy Journey" (1961), "Happy Birthday To Me" (1962) and "The Country Hall Of Fame" (1968). Hank Locklin cut at least 66 sides between 1948 and 1954 for Royalty, Gold Star, 4 Star, and Decca. Of his early 4 Star releases, the most unexpected treats are "Knocking At Your Door," Locklin's theme song in his Texas period, and the heavily Hank Williams-influenced "Born to Ramble." These early sides also included the original version of "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On", a lot less slick than the 1957 hit version off of RCA. Even at this point, Locklin's music was weighted toward ballads, although he interjected bright dance numbers, still honky-tonk-based but slicker.
In the 1960s he built a ranch house called The Singing L in the field in McClellan where he had picked cotton as a boy. He was later made the honorary mayor of the town.
Locklin had a strong following in Europe, and in Irland—his popularity was such that in 1963 he recorded an album called Irish Songs Country Style. He has a fan club in Langeli, Bjerkreim, Norway. The obituary in The Times described Locklin as "the last remaining link between country music's hillbilly roots and the lusher, modern pop sound of Nashville."
In 2006, he appeared on the PBS special, Country Pop Legends in which he performed "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On," and "Please Help Me I'm Falling". Until his death at the age of 91 in 2009, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Hank had recently released his 65th album, By the Grace of God, a collection of gospel songs.
He moved to Brewton, where he remained throughout his later years, and died there, at his house, in the early morning on March 8, 2009.
Several artists, in both pop and country, has covered "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On" throughout the years, namely The Browns (1960), Johnny Tillotson (1962), Dean Martin (1965) and The Whites (1981), to name but a few. Tillotson is, of course, best known for his #2 hit, "Poetry In Motion", from September, 1960 on Archie Bleyer's Cadence label, his 6th single for the label.
Hope you enjoy my contribution (in spite of...hrm...you know what, haha!)...