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Ferlin Husky

Ferlin HuskyAKA Ferlin Eugene Husky

Born: 3-Dec-1925
Birthplace: Flat River, MO
Died: 17-Mar-2011
Location of death: Nashville, TN
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, TN

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer, Country Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: On the Wings of a Dove

Military service: US Merchant Marine (1942-47)

Country singer Ferlin Husky was raised on a Missouri farm, and as a young man worked as a radio performer, disc jockey, and dance hall singer before recording his first hit, "A Dear John Letter," a duet with California singer Jean Shepard in 1953. He had his first solo Top 10 hit in 1955 with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)", and his first #1 single with "Gone," which spent ten weeks atop the country charts in 1957 and crossed over to become a hit on the pop charts as well. His biggest hit was the gospel standard "On the Wings of a Dove," released in 1960, which was his last chart-topper. Husky remained a popular and successful country singer through the mid-1970s with minor hits including "Once" (1967), "Just for You" (1968), and "Rosie Cries a Lot" (1973).

Early in his career he worked as a honky tonk singer under the name Terry Preston, and for decades he also worked as a comedic performer under the name Simon Crum. As Crum he had a #2 single, "Country Music is Here to Stay," in 1958. He worked as an actor in the 1950s and '60s, and was known for his impressions of peers including Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Kitty Wells. Husky was married and divorced four times, and his companion for the last several years of his life was country singer Leona Williams, ex-wife of Merle Haggard. Until his death he performed regularly in Branson, Missouri.

Daughter: Alana Jackson
Daughter: Dana Stone
Son: David Husky
Daughter: Donna Denson
Daughter: Jennifer Lane
Daughter: Julie Smith
Daughter: Kelly Wiles
Son: Terry Husky
Girlfriend: Leona Williams (country singer, together 2005-11)

    High School: Leadwood High School, Leadwood. MO
    High School: Frankclay High School, Frankclay. MO (dropped out)

    Country Music Hall of Fame 2010
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 6675 Hollywood Blvd.
    Open Heart Surgery 1977
    Open Heart Surgery 2005
    Surgery 2007
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

    Hillbillys in a Haunted House (May-1967)
    The Las Vegas Hillbillys (11-May-1966)
    Mister Rock and Roll (16-Oct-1957) · Himself

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