March 18, 2011

GONE:

Velvet-Voiced Ferlin Husky Dies at 85 (BILL FRISKICS-WARREN, 3/18/11, NY Times)

A monumental outpouring of regret, “Gone” established Mr. Husky as a leading proponent of the lush orchestral sound that became the hallmark of the music being made in Nashville during the late 1950s and early ’60s. Along with hits by Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline, “Gone” helped country music rebound commercially at a time when the teenage-oriented rock ’n’ roll of Elvis Presley and others was cutting into mainstream country record sales.

Mr. Husky had previously recorded an unvarnished take of “Gone,” featuring the pedal steel guitarist Speedy West, for Capitol Records in Hollywood in 1952. Released under the pseudonym Terry Preston at the urging of the label’s representatives, who insisted that Mr. Husky’s real name sounded like a fabrication, the single failed to chart. Four years later, performing under his given name and employing a smooth uptown arrangement, he rerecorded “Gone” for Capitol in Nashville. The single went on to spend 10 weeks at No. 1 on the country charts and climbed to No. 4 on the pop chart.

“I talked them into putting more production on the song,” Mr. Husky recalled in a 1998 interview with the Texas disc jockey Tracy Pitcox. He added that the producer, Capitol’s Ken Nelson, “wasn’t thrilled with the arrangement, but after it became a hit he was proud of the song.”



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