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Faron Young

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Faron Young (February 25, 1932, near Shreveport, Louisiana – December 10, 1996), was an American country music singer, predominantly in the honky tonk genre.

Starting off singing at the local Optimist Club, Young was discovered by Webb Pierce, who brought him to star on the Louisiana Hayride radio program on KWKH in 1951.

He was drafted into the Army in late 1952, just after he was signed to Capitol Records. Nicknamed “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” and “The Singing Sheriff,” he had many hits including:

“Young Love”
“If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)”
“Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young”
“Sweet Dreams”
“Alone With You”
“Hello Walls” (written by Willie Nelson)
“It’s Four in the Morning” (written by Jerry Chesnut).
“Here I Am In Dallas”
“I’ve Got Five Dollars and It’s Saturday Night”
Young made several appearances during the late 1950s on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee.

His #1 country hit “It’s Four in the Morning” was written at his request as he was recuperating from a serious automobile accident in which he suffered head injuries. His tongue had been partly severed in the accident, and it took him several months before he could regain normal speaking ability. He had particular trouble with the “s” sound in most words, so he asked for a song which largely avoided that sound as his comeback effort.

Faron Young’s band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music’s top bands, and toured with him for many years.

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