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Ferlin Husky

Ferlin Husky had three separate careers. Out of the three, the best known is his country-pop career, which brought him to the top of the charts in the late '50s, but he was also known as a honky tonk singer called Terry Preston and a country comic named Simon Crum. Of course, Preston and Crum are just footnotes to Husky's very popular career, even though Crum nearly became a household name as well. During the late '50s and early '60s, he had a string of Top 40 country hits, highlighted by two number one hits -- "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove" -- which each spent ten weeks at the top of the charts. Husky wasn't able to sustain that momentum, but both of the songs became country classics.

Born and raised on a Missouri farm, Husky became infatuated with music and began to play guitar as a child. During World War II, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines, where he occasionally entertained the troops on board his ship. Following the war, he became a DJ in Missouri, then in Bakersfield, California. While he was in California, Husky began using the name Terry Preston, because he believed his given name sounded too rural. He also began singing in honky tonks, using the Preston name. At one of his gigs, Tennessee Ernie Ford's manager Cliffie Stone heard Husky and took him under his wing. Stone helped Husky secure a record contract at Capitol Records in 1953. As soon as he signed with Capitol, he reverted to using Ferlin Husky as his performing name.

Husky's first records were generally ignored. It wasn't until he sang on Jean Shepard's "A Dear John Letter" that he had a hit. "A Dear John Letter" became a number one hit, but Husky wasn't able to follow it immediately with a solo hit, although the duo had a sequel, "Forgive Me John," later that year. Husky didn't have a solo hit until 1955, when "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywhere's Else)" and its flip side, "Little Tom," climbed into the country Top Ten. Around the same time, he developed his comic alter ego, Simon Crum. Husky signed Crum to a separate record contract with Capitol and began releasing records under that name.

Husky racked up a consistent string of hits during the late '50s, reaching his peak in 1957, when "Gone" spent ten weeks at number one; the song crossed over into the pop charts, climbing to number four. That same year, he began an acting career, starting with a spot on the Kraft Television Theatre program and the film Mr. Rock & Roll. In 1958, Crum had a number two hit with "Country Music Is Here to Stay." Though he had several hits in 1959, none of his songs broke the Top Ten. In 1960 he had his biggest hit, the gospel song "Wings of a Dove," which was number one for a total of ten weeks and reached number 12 on the pop charts.

Despite the massive success of "Wings of a Dove," Husky wasn't able to sustain a presence on the country charts during the '60s. He remained a popular concert attraction, but he had no Top Ten hits between "Wings of a Dove" and "Once," which hit number four in 1966. A year after "Once," he had his final Top Ten hit with "Just for You." In the late '60s, Husky managed to incorporate the slicker, heavily produced sounds of contemporary country-pop into his music, which resulted in his brief career revitalization. Husky kept racking up minor hits until 1975. In 1977, he had heart surgery and briefly retired from performing. During the '80s and '90s, he performed regularly at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as Christy Lane's Theater in Branson, Missouri. During the 2000s Husky suffered from severe cardiac problems, and was hospitalized for congestive heart failure and pneumonia in 2009. He died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in the Nashville area on March 17, 2011; Ferlin Husky was 85 years old. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Walkin' And A Hummin'

1. Walkin' & A Hummin'

2. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

3. I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You

4. I Can't Help It

5. Undesired

6. May You Never Be Alone

7. My Shadow

8. I Lost My Love Today

9. Alone And Forsaken

10. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight

11. Living In A Trance

12. Why Should We Try Anymore

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Track List: Baby

1. Baby

2. Blues In My Heart

3. Wings Of A Dove

4. Gone

5. Fallen Star

6. Good Old Country Music Is Here To Stay

7. I Feel Better All Over

8. Memories

9. If I Can't Have All Of You

10. Baby For You

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Track List: The Gospel Way

1. Wings of a Dove (On the Wings of a Snow White Dove)

2. I Won’t Have to Cross Jordan Alone

3. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms

4. Wayfaring Stranger

5. Hello Central, Give Me Heaven

6. The Great Speckled Bird

7. Angel Band

8. Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown

9. Beautiful Isle of Somewhere

10. Give Me the Roses While I Live

11. Lonesome Valley

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Track List: Super Hits

1. Gone

2. Wings Of A Dove

3. A Dear John Letter (With Jean Shepard)

4. Country Music Is Here To Stay

5. Just For You

6. I Feel Better All Over

7. Little Tom

8. Fallen Star

9. Timber I'm Falling

10. Money Greases The Wheel

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Track List: Best Of The Best

1. Wings Of A Dove

2. Gone

3. Country Music Is Here To Stay

4. Just For You

5. Little Tom

6. Fallen Star

7. Timber I'm Falling

8. Money Greases The Wheel

9. Walkin' And Hummin'

10. Dear John Letter (Duet With Jean Shepard)

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Track List: American Legend

1. Gone

2. She Called Me Baby

3. A Fallen Star

4. Wings Of A Dove

5. Blues In My Heart

6. Little Tom

7. Too Late To Worry

8. Little Joe

9. Behind Closed Doors

10. Country Music Is Here To Stay

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Track List: Choice Country Cuts

1. Beaver On My Lap, Bear On My Tail

2. Don't Fall Asleep At The Wheel

3. Hello, I'm A Truck

4. Little Tom

5. Drunken Driver

6. Truck Driver's Blues

7. Room Full Of Roses

8. She Called Me Baby, Baby

9. I'd Be A Legend In My Time

10. San Antone Rose

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Track List: Ferlin Husky

1. Baby

2. Divorce Lawyers, Funeral Directors And Jailers

3. Dammit I'm Lonely

4. If I Can't Have All Of You (Just Give Me What You Think Is Fair)

5. The Mountain Of Everlasting Life

6. Wings Of A Dove

7. Gone

8. Fallen Star

9. I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywhere's Else)

10. (Good Ole) Country Music Is Here To Stay

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Track List: Vintage Collections

1. Tennessee Central (Number 9)

3. Gone

4. I Feel Better All Over

5. Undesired

6. A Dear John Letter

7. Gone

8. Prize Possession

9. I've Got The World On A String

10. A Fallen Star

11. My Reason For Living

12. Stormy Weather

13. Detour

14. Draggin' The River

15. Wings Of A Dove

16. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

17. (Open Up The Book) Take A Look

18. Once

19. Just For You

20. Timber I'm Falling

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. The Wings Of A Dove

2. Gone

3. Just For You

4. I Can't Stop Lovin' You

5. Behind Closed Doors

6. Little Tom

7. She Called Me Baby

8. (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time

9. San Antonio Rose

10. Room Full Of Roses

11. Sunday Morning Coming Down

12. Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry

13. You Needed Me

14. A Fallen Star

15. Drunken Driver

16. For The Good Times

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Track List: Capitol Collectors Series

1. I Feel Better All Over

2. I'll Baby Sit With You

3. Gone

4. A Fallen Star

5. My Reason For Living

6. Draggin' The River

7. Wings Of A Dove

8. The Waltz You Saved For Me

9. Somebody Save Me

10. I Know It Was You

11. Timber, I'm Falling

12. I Could Sing All Night

13. I Hear Little Rock Callin'

14. Once

15. You Pushed Me Too Far

16. Just For You

18. Every Step Of The Way

19. Heavenly Sunshine

20. Sweet Misery

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Track List: 30 Of His Very Best

1. Wings Of A Dove (2011)

2. A Fallen Star

3. She Called Me Baby

4. I Can't Stop Lovin' You

5. Room Full Of Roses

6. Little Tom

7. Sunday Morning Coming Down

8. Truck Driver's Blues

9. You Needed Me

10. Six Days On The Road

11. For The Good Times

12. Just For You

13. I'm A Truck

14. Convoy

15. Behind Closed Doors

16. Looking At The World Through A Windshield

17. Drunken Driver

18. Too Late To Worry, Too Blue To Cry

19. Little Joe

20. Freightliner Fever

21. Giddyup Go

22. Truck Drivin' Son-Of-A-Gun

23. Phantom 309

24. Don't Fall Asleep At The Wheel

25. Me And Ole C.B.

26. San Antonio Rose

27. Teddy Bear

28. Country Music Is Here To Stay

29. (I'd Be) A Legend In My Time

30. Gone

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I've been waiting forever to hear a Ferlin Husky song. Another one of the classic country artists.
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Yes you are right no one can sing that like he can.Love that song.
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Love him singing Wings of a Dove. No one can do it like him.
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the heart of my heart is truly GONE!til we sing on the wngs of a dove inheaven,dea r heart,i miss the days @ the old wame in charlotte,it was more than aa crush dear heart and still is.sleep well till that day we will sing in heaven together,lov e tootsie
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esl1013
Hard to beat Ferlin Husky
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Always liked to hear him sing. Any song he ever sang was good. RIP Ferlin
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one of the greats
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szak0
ferlin husky's '"gone"IS one of the greatest crossover hits from the late 50sand every time i hear it it takes me back to a simpler and enjoyableper i o d in my lifetime. love it--stan zak
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Not tooo much into country, but no one can beat Husky with "Since You've Gone".
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I didn't ask for this song or artist
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I REALLY LIKE FERLIN AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HIS SONGS. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE OF HIS SONGS. GENE

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