Ferlin Husky’s Future Paved With Honors
Pioneer country artist Ferlin Husky, best known for the No. 1 country tunes 'Gone' (1957) and 'Wings of a Dove' (1960) -- both crossover hits reaching No. 4 and No. 12 on the pop charts respectively -- will be receiving a special honor in his hometown of Leadwood, Mo. Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reports that Leadwood officials recently renamed a street for the 84-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer. Some of his memorabilia will soon be displayed at a schoolhouse in the small town (formerly the lead capital of the world), which was founded in 1903.
Missouri Rep. Linda Black Fischer has plans to rename a highway Ferlin Husky Parkway Drive, but has to get through the November election before she can see it through. Reportedly, the highway will be a bipartisan project as her opponent says he'll carry it through to the statehouse if he's elected.
Country legend Merle Haggard recognized his friend's great talent when he said, "There were a lot of years when nobody in the business could follow Ferlin Husky. He was the big live act of the day. A great entertainer."
In addition to numerous hits, Ferlin Husky has made more than 18 motion pictures, and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, he was briefly hospitalized and treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In May of this year, he was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
For more on Ferlin Husky, visit his official website.