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Ferlin Husky

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Ferlin Husky (born December 3, 1925 in Flat River, Missouri. Died March 17, 2011 in Westmoreland, Tennessee) was an American singer who had become 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”, both number ones on the country charts.

As a member of the United States Merchant Marine, Husky entertained the troops on his ship in World War 2. After the war, Husky became a DJ in Missouri and Bakersfield, California, where he began using the moniker Terry Preston in order to hide his rural roots. He also recorded ” Gone ” under the name of Terry Preston and was a semi-hit… He re-recorded it in later 50’s and was a hit… 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 #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” (No. 2 for three weeks).

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