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    Ferlin Husky

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Marie, Mary, Patricia, Eileen lyrics
    2White Fences and Evergreen Trees lyrics
    3Silent Night lyrics
    4Near You lyrics
    5Gone (v3) lyrics
    6Sunny Nights lyrics
    7Your Sweet Love Lifted Me lyrics
    8Roses Are Red lyrics
    9That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine lyrics
    10On and On and On lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Ferlin's Favorites [Capitol] [1959]
    2Walkin and a Hummin' [Capitol] [1961]
    3Boulevard of Broken Dreams [Capitol] [1957]
    4Songs of the Home and Heart [Capitol] [1956]
    5The Unpredictable Simon Crum [Capitol] [1963]
    6Gone [Capitol] [1960]
    7Born to Lose [Capitol] [1959]
    8Memories of Home [Capitol] [1961]
    9Some of My Favorites [Capitol] [1962]
    10Sittin' on a Rainbow [Capitol] [1958]


    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 outside 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 onboard his ship. Following the war, he became a DJ in Missouri,
    then in Bakersfield, CA. 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 it's 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 TV Theatre
    television 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, Mo..

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