Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec. 3: Country singer Ferlin Husky, AKA Terry Preston and AKA Simon Crum was boprn on this date in 1925...

He died on March 17, 2011.

He died on March 17, 2011. He was 85-years-old.

Born in 1925 in Flat River, Missouri, Ferlin became well-known as a country-pop chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove," each reaching number one on the country charts.

As a member of the United States Merchant Marine, Husky entertained the troops on his ship in World War II. His official website states that his ship participated in the D-Day invasion of Cherbourg.

After the war, Husky became a DJ in Missouri and Bakersfield, California, where he began using the moniker Terry Preston to hide his rural roots. As a honky tonk singer, Husky signed with Capitol Records in 1953 under the guidance of Cliffie Stone, also the manager for Tennessee Ernie Ford. With Capitol Records, he reverted to his given name. A few singles failed before "A Dear John Letter" with Jean Shepard became a No. 1 hit. The followup was called "Forgive Me John."

In 1955, Husky had a solo hit with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)"/"Little Tom," and developed "Simon Crum" as a comic alter ego. As Crum, Husky signed a separate contract with Capitol Records and began releasing records, the biggest of which was 1959's "Country Music Is Here To Stay" which hit No. 2 for three weeks.

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In the late 1950s, Husky had a long string of hits, including the No. 1 "Gone"; in 1957 (he first recorded "Gone" as Terry Preston in 1952, but the earlier version lacked the strings and backup singers of the newly-emerging Nashville sound). "Gone" was a crossover success, also reaching No. 4 on the pop music chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.

He then began an acting career, appearing on the Kraft Television Theatre program, in the film Mr. Rock & Roll and bit parts in 18 films.
"Wings of a Dove" became his biggest hit in 1960, topping the country charts for ten weeks and attaining No. 12 on the pop chart. Although he did not have any more chart-toppers, he had more than two dozen hits between 1961 and 1972, with the biggest being "Once" (1967) and "Just For You" (1968).

In late 1972, after over 20 years with Capitol, Husky signed with ABC Records, where he scored several Top 40 hits into 1975 with the biggest being the Top 20 "Rosie Cries A Lot."

In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


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