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Ferlin Husky (born December 3, 1925) is an American singer who 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 number one on the country charts.


Biography


Ferlin Husky was born in Flat River, Missouri. As a member of the United States Merchant Marine, he entertained the troops on his ship in World War II. His official Web site 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 number 1 hit. The followup was called "Forgive Me John."


In 1955, Husky had a solo hit with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywhere's 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" (number 2 for three weeks).


In the late 1950s, Husky had a long string of hits, including the number 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 number 4 on the popular charts; he then began an acting career, appearing on the Kraft TV Theatre program, and in the film Mr. Rock & Roll (his Web site states he has had bit parts in 18 movies). Bob Ferguson's "Wings of a Dove" became his biggest hit in 1960, topping the country charts for ten weeks and attaining number 12 on the pop charts. Husky was known for his ability to mimic other popular country singers.


Although he didn't have any more chart-toppers, he had more than two dozen hits between 1961 and 1972, with the biggest being the top 5's "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" (1973). Husky briefly retired in 1977 following heart surgery but resumed touring. He remained a popular concert draw, performing at the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere.


In the late 1970s, Husky made it to number 10 in British DJ Kenny Everett's "Bottom 30" -part of Everett's "World's Worst Record Show" on London's Capital Radio, and released as an album in 1978. The song was "The Drunk Driver" - the story of two children knocked down and killed by their own estranged father. The song was originally released as a 7" on Capital Records (USA F2835, UK CL 14883) in June 1954.


Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and has been hospitalized several times since the late 70s, most recently for heart surgery in 2005 & blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to St John's Hospital in Springfield, Missouri on April 19, 2009, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia. On July 15th, 2009 his spokesman said he recuperating at home after being released from a Nashville hospital.


 

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