Ferlin Husky is a man of many "firsts." Husky is an accomplished actor who appeared in 18 films, and he was the first country music performer to receive a "star" on Hollywood Boulevard. He was also the first performer at the Grand Ole Opry to be accompanied by drums, and the first to use a modern vocal backing group. Ferlin was born near a small town called Flat River, Missouri on December 3, 1927. He learned guitar from an uncle. After dropping out of high school, Husky moved to St. Louis, where he worked as a truck driver and steel mill worker while performing in honky tonks at night. During World War II, Husky served in the United States Merchant Marine for five years, entertaining troops on transport ships. His Crum character evolved from stories he told at the time about a Missouri neighbor named Simon Crump. His website states that his ship participated in the D-Day invasion of Cherbourg.
After the war, Husky continued to develop the Crum character while working as a disc jockey in Missouri and then Bakersfield, California in the late 1940s. He began using the moniker Terry Preston at the suggestion of Smiley Burnette, who claimed Ferlin Husky would never work on a marquee. 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 returned to using 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". As Simon Crum, he signed a separate contract with Capitol Records and began releasing records, the biggest of which was 1959's "Country Music is Here to Stay."
Ferlin Husky charted 51 songs, 11 of which were Top-10 hits. Ferlin has performed around the world and all 50 states. Husky is a mainstay on the Grand Ole Opry, and he is considered to be one of the most versatile performers of all time.
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- 10 Tracks
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- Compact Disc