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Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)

18 Mar 11 - 03:11 PM (#3116580)
Subject: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: Wesley S

From todays paper:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early '60s known for hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone," died Thursday. He was 85.

The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, said Country Music Hall of Fame spokeswoman Tina Wright. He had a history of heart problems and related ailments.

With his resonant voice and good looks, Husky was one of the most versatile entertainers to emerge from country music. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, and even a comedian whose impersonations ranged from Bing Crosby to Johnny Cash.

He was one of the first country musicians to bring the genre to television and helped spread its popularity in booming post-World War II California, an important step in country's quest for a national audience.

He said in a 2010 interview with The Associated Press that he was buoyed by his Hall of Fame induction because he worried he'd been forgotten as his health failed over the years.

"The main thing I'm proud of, this is for my family and for the many people who want to see me go in there before I die," he said. "It's a great honor."

Husky, who was one of the first country artists to have his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold more than 20 million records, according to his website. He won many country music awards long before such shows were televised and meant so much to careers.

He was born in 1925 near Flat River, Mo. After five years in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he began his singing career in honky-tonks and nightclubs around St. Louis and later in the Bakersfield, Calif., area.

Signed to Capitol records in the early 1950s, he had his first big success when he teamed with 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jean Shepard on "Dear John Letter," which ranked No. 4 on Billboard's list of top country songs of 1953. He was also the headline act for a tour that included a young Elvis Presley.

"He was so eager to learn how to entertain an audience, he'd watch everything I did," Husky said.

"Wings of a Dove," a gospel song, became another No. 1 country hit in 1960 and was one of his signature songs. His other hits included "A Fallen Star," "My Reason for Living," "The Waltz You Saved for Me" and "Timber I'm Falling."

While still recording under his real name, Husky created a character named Simon Crum as his comic alter ego, hitting the charts with such songs as "Cuzz You're So Sweet" and "Country Music Is Here to Stay."

He also was a regular on TV and appeared in a string of movies with co-stars like Zsa Zsa Gabor ("Country Music Holiday" in 1958) and Jayne Mansfield ("Las Vegas Hillbillies" in 1966.)

He cut back on his entertaining in 1970 and performed part time, mostly concert dates. He was performing once a month in the mid-2000s. But his imprint on country music remained.

"In the mid-'50s, Ferlin would create the template for the famed Nashville Sound, a sound that gave rock 'n' roll a run for its money and forever put Music City on the map," Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said at Husky's induction in May 2010. "The multitalented and musically versatile Ferlin Husky was always ahead of his time."

18 Mar 11 - 03:26 PM (#3116592)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Another great one carried carried away on the wings of a dove! RIP!

18 Mar 11 - 04:03 PM (#3116623)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: Beer

Yes indeed, another great one.

19 Mar 11 - 12:01 AM (#3116807)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky

I loved "Gone". A great song. RIP and thank you for your music.

19 Mar 11 - 11:16 AM (#3116986)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: GUEST,bankley

I saw him once opening for Buck Owens on a package tour... he stole the show... and Buck`s Buckaroos were THE hot band at the time...


19 Mar 11 - 11:32 AM (#3116997)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: catspaw49

Wow.....Another legend gone..........When I lived in Nashville in the early eighties he was often out and about and in the news. Neat thing about Nashville was always the accessibility and "ordinary folks" attitude of the country stars.


19 Mar 11 - 11:56 AM (#3117009)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky
From: josepp

One of the greats.

19 Mar 11 - 12:38 PM (#3117030)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: Ebbie

Another of those who were not yet gone- when I thought they were.

19 Mar 11 - 03:51 PM (#3117153)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: katlaughing

Me, too, Ebbie. I was surprised to see this as I thought he was gone long before. Great songs/musician/man. Thanks FH and may you be at peace on those dove's wings.

kat & Rog

28 Mar 11 - 03:23 AM (#3123100)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: GUEST,jwillcut

Such a great loss for everyone. May you rest peacefully on those dove's wings. Jerry and Barb

28 Mar 11 - 11:30 AM (#3123376)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: Ebbie

Yesterday I watched two videos of the 1940's Grand Ole Opry that a friend brought me. For several hours I watched and listened as Ferlin Husky, Grandpa Jones, Carl Smith, Faron Young, June Carter, the Carter Family, Ernest Tubb, Johnny and Jack, Eddie Hill, Goldie Hill, and many, many more- all young and vibrant and ALIVE. All gone now.

There are a few still here: Little Jimmy Dickens, Kitty Wells, Ray Price.

Years ago, I told my very devout mother: 'Leavng religion aside, can you see my dilemma when I think that if all those people could stand to die, so can I.' And then I think, 'But they couldn't stand it: it killed them.'

My mother laughed and said, 'I see what you mean.'

28 Mar 11 - 04:12 PM (#3123578)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: Sandy Mc Lean

Ebbie, I share your feeling deeply! I grew up immersed in my mother's singing and I am caught in a time lapse in thinking that little or better has happened since the 1960's. I am unsure if that is my downfall or my legacy!

29 Mar 11 - 12:37 AM (#3123834)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: Ebbie

I see that I hit 1940's rather than 1950's- 'twas inadvertent.

Sandy Mc Lean, it takes a little looking but there's still a lot of old Country around. There are several people in my own circle who perpetuate it.

Today's Country is mis-named. I have no real objection to it but I do object to the name; it should be called 'Country Pop' or something like that.

29 Mar 11 - 08:49 PM (#3124470)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)

Well said Ebbie

29 Mar 11 - 11:02 PM (#3124525)
Subject: RE: Obit: Ferlin Husky (1925-2011)
From: Neil D

My mom had a Simon Crum album, it was Ferlin Husky's alter ego. I remember listening to him when I was young.