Let Me Be the One (Hank Locklin song)

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"Let Me Be the One"
Single by Hank Locklin
B-side I'm Tired Of Bummin' Around
Released July 1953
Format 7"
Recorded May 4–5, 1953
Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 2:30
Label Four Star Records 45-1641
Writer(s) Paul Blevins, Joe Hobson and W.S. Stevenson
Producer(s) Owen Bradley
Hank Locklin singles chronology
"Red Rose"
"Let Me Be the One"
"Lessons in Love"

"Let Me Be the One" is a 1953 song written by Paul Blevins, Joe Hobson and W.S. Stevenson, and made famous by up-and-coming country singer Hank Locklin. In December of that year, the song became Locklin's first No. 1 hit, spending three weeks atop the Billboard country chart.[1]

Locklin, a fledgling country star who had formed a backing band called the Rocky Mountain Boys, had recorded for a variety of small regional labels, including Gold Star and Royalty. Success didn't come his way until he joined with Four Star Records, when 1949's "The Same Sweet Girl" reached No. 8 on the Billboard country chart. However, it wasn't until 1953 when he finally broke through to the top of the chart with "Let Me Be the One." While sustained success didn't come until the mid-1950s, "Let Me Be the One" paved the way for Locklin's future successes at the Decca and RCA recording labels, where he became associated with such songs as "Why Baby Why," "Geisha Girl," "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" and "Please Help Me, I'm Falling."[2]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Michael, "Hank Locklin" biography, Allmusic. [1] Accessed 08-30-2010.

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Preceded by
"Caribbean" by Mitchell Torok
Billboard C&W Chart number-one single by Hank Locklin
December 19, 1953-January 12, 1954
Succeeded by
"Bimbo" by Jim Reeves