Monday, March 21, 2011

St. Francois native Ferlin Husky dies

County singer and Missouri native Ferlin Husky died on Thursday at a Nashville hospital. 

Husky had songs that topped the charts in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Gone”, which he wrote and performed. Another top Husky hit, “Wings of a Dove”, was written by Bob Ferguson.

Husky grew up in Flat River, Missouri in St. Francois County. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and later worked as a disc jockey in Missouri and California.

In addition to his singing career, Husky also acted in 18 movies.

Husky was introduced into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

He was 85 years old.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU
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