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Hank Lochlin has died aged 90. His Please Help Me I'm Falling was a moderate sized UK hit in 1960 - one of fairly few country and western records to make the UK charts back then - and actually reached number one in my personal top ten at the time. He didn't make much of interest after that - although I seem to remember Saturday Night I'm Going Fishin' for Fish wasn't bad.
If you were in Austin on March 20 for SXSW you could see a Ponderosa Stomp showcase featuring Barbarba Lynn, Eli Paper Boy Reed, Roy Head, Huelyn Duvall and a host of others. Sadly I won't be there. Nor will I be at the Ponderosa Stomp itself in New Orleans where the line up has been extended and now looks well up to the standard of previous years. Here's how it now lines up:
The steady stream of music deaths comes as a reminder, if one were needed, to catch them performing while they are still around. Over the last few years I've seen James Brown, Bo Diddley, Albert King, Ruth Brown, Ernie K-Doe, Alton Ellis, Ike Turner, Robert Ward and many more who are now no longer with us. It's not always possible to see those who are left of course, but it's no good cursing those missed opportunities once they've passed on.