Songwriter Hal Blair Dies

Songwriter Hal Blair, who penned hits for Elvis Presley and Hank Snow, died Feb. 2 at his home in Biggs, Calif. He was 85. A native of Kansas City, Mo., Blair got his start writing music for westerns featuring Gene Autry and Sons of the Pioneers. He later wrote “I Was the One,” recorded by Presley, and “Ninety Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street,” first recorded by Snow. One of his biggest hits was “Please Help Me I’m Falling,” first recorded by Hank Locklin and later covered by Dolly Parton, Gladys Knight, John Fogerty and Eddy Arnold. Blair is survived by his wife, Joan, and three stepchildren.