It's time to say goodbye to another country music legend in 2011. Ferlin Husky has passed away on St. Patrick's Day at the age of 85.
According to a report in the Tennessean, Husky, who suffered from congestive heart failure, died at his daughter's house in Westmoreland, Tennessee. He had a long history of heart issues, and was admitted to the hospital in critical condition early last week due to breathing problems.
Husky, who signed his first record deal in 1949 and charted nearly 50 singles from the '50s through the '70s, was consistently described as an innovator by peers and critics.
Born in Missouri, he moved to Bakersfield, California to become a DJ, and is credited with helping to build a country music scene in the state. His eventual foray into recording resulted in his long string of hits, including favorites "A Dear John Letter," "Gone," and "Wings of a Dove."
Additionally, Husky was one of the first country musicians to have a presence on television. A seasoned actor, heRead More »from Country Pioneer Ferlin Husky Dies At 85