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Classic Rewind: Ferlin Husky, 1925 – 2011

Ferlin Husky first topped the country charts in 1953 with the duet ‘Dear John Letter’, also a top 5 pop hit, with current Hall of Fame inductee Jean Shepard. But being a country music star wasn’t all there was to the Missouri-born former radio disc jockey. He began his recording career first as Terry Preston, believing his given name sounded too backwoods for mainstream appeal. Later, Husky would create a comic alter-ego of himself named Simon Crum, and release several albums under the alias.

During his hit-making heyday, Husky would place 10 songs in the country top 10, including the mega-hit ‘Gone’, which spent 10 weeks at #1 on the country chart. ‘Gone’ also hit the top 5 of the pop chart. His final country #1, and last crossover hit, came with his signature ‘Wings Of A Dove’ in 1960, though he continued to churn out hits. From 1961 to his last chart entry in 1975, Husky placed 21 more songs in country’s top 40 (for a total of 36 top 40 hits). He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.  Here are a few of our favorite Ferlin Husky performances:

‘Don’t Be Ashamed Of Your Age’:

‘Aladdin’s Lamp’ (with June Carter):

 

And a version of his big hit ‘Gone’, which despite repeated tries, cannot be embedded.  Watch here.

2 responses to “Classic Rewind: Ferlin Husky, 1925 – 2011

  1. pwdennis March 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age” was written by CIndy Walker and Bob Wills. Ferlin’s take on it is okay but I think my favorite version is the Red Foley and Ernet Tubb duet.

    I never got to see Ferlin alive in concert, but he was universally cited as being one of the best live performers ever

  2. Ken Johnson March 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Sad to lose another country legend.

    Ferlin’s smooth powerful voice remained excellent many years after his hit records stopped. Unfortunately the mass country audience seemed to grow tired of him by the 1970’s –
    perhaps because his choice of songs seemed to grow weaker.
    Especially loved his songs “Once” and “Just For You.” Ferlin also made one of the strangest country singles to ever chart – “You Pushed Me Too Far” from 1967. –

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