Lost or Forgotten Oldie of the Day 10/14/2019

Faron Young grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He initially considered himself a pop singer, but later in high school, he changed his focus to Country music. He sang in local shows and thanks to an assist from Webb Pierce he was able to sing on the broadcasts of the Louisiana Hayride beginning in 1951.

Faron moved to Nashville in 1952 and started recording for Capitol Records. His first half-dozen singles failed to chart, after which he was drafted. While he was in Basic Training his next single, Going Steady, started up the charts. The single eventually peaked at number two and turned out to be the first of over sixty top forty Country hits.

In 1961 Faron was one of the first singers to successfully record a song written by Willie Nelson. Hello Walls not only topped the Country chart, but it also reached #12 on the Hot 100. Performance videos exist of Faron both lip-syncing the record and singing it live. Country Music has had more than its share of answer songs, and Hello Walls was no exception. Nashville disk jockey Ralph Emery recorded Hello Fool and somehow that record reached #4 later in 1961.

Faron had two more singles that reached the Hot 100, but they only reached #89 and #92. He continued to chart in the top ten on the Country charts into the mid-seventies and his last visit to the Country top forty came in 1978. His health began to seriously decline in the early nineties. He also felt ignored and rejected by Country Music fans after the changes Country Music was experiencing in the nineties. The combination of health and career issues led him to take his own life in 1996.


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