Friday, March 18, 2011

 

Ferlin Husky "Gone"

Ferlin Eugene Husky passed away on March 17, 2011 from cardiac problems in the Critical Care unit of a Nashville-area hospital where he had been under intensive care for several days. He was an singer who became well-known as a chart-topper under various names, including Terry Preston and Simon Crum. In the 1950s and 60s, Husky had several hits, including "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching number one on the country charts. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ferlin Husky was born in Flat River, Missouri on December 3rd 1925. As s a Merchant Marine, he entertained the troops on his ship in World War II. His official website states that his ship participated in the D-Day invasion of Cherbourg. After the war, Husky became a DJ in Missouri and Bakersfield, California, where he began using the moniker Terry Preston to hide his rural roots. As a honky tonk singer, Husky signed with Capitol Records in 1953 under the guidance of Cliffie Stone, also the manager for Tennessee Ernie Ford. With Capitol Records, he reverted to his given name. A few singles failed before "A Dear John Letter" with Jean Shepard became a No. 1 hit. The follow up was called "Forgive Me John".
In 1955, Husky had a solo hit with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)"/"Little Tom", and developed "Simon Crum" as a comic alter ego. As Crum, Husky signed a separate contract with Capitol Records and began releasing records, the biggest of which was 1959's "Country Music Is Here To Stay".
In the late 1950s, Husky had a long string of hits, including the No. 1 "Gone"; in 1957 . He had earlier recorded the song as Terry Preston in 1952, but the earlier version lacked the strings and backup singers of the newly-emerging Nashville sound. "Gone" was a crossover success, also reaching No. 4 on the pop music chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He then began an acting career, appearing on the Kraft Television Theatre program, and in the film Mr. Rock & Roll . His website states he has had bit parts in 18 films. Bob Ferguson's "Wings of a Dove" became his biggest hit in 1960, topping the country charts for ten weeks and attaining No. 12 on the pop chart. Husky was also known for his ability to mimic other popular country singers.
He briefly retired in 1977 following heart surgery but resumed touring. He remained a popular concert draw, performing at the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere. Husky has suffered from heart problems for many years and was hospitalized several times since the late 1970s. , most recently for heart surgery in 2005 and blood clots in his legs in 2007. He was admitted to
On January 16, 2011, Husky was honored at West St. Francois County High School in Leadwood, MO where local singers and the high school choir sang some of his hits. Husky also donated several items of memorabilia, including his country music hall of fame award, to the city of Leadwood. They will be permanently stored at the High School.The street that runs through the city park in Leadwood, Missouri is named for him

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

 

Lisa McHugh home for benefit dance

Glasgow's LISA McHUGH, who has moved to Ireland where she's making a name for herself on the Country scene, is coming home for aspecial Benefit Dance at The LomondSuite @ Hampden Park on Saturday April 2nd, featuring her band and Norman Borland.
Lisa lost a cousin at the turn off the year, at the age of 32. He had recently emigrated to Australia to start a new life with his wife, and two young boys. Shortly after they settled there, he sadly took ill on Hogmanay, and passed away shortly after. His family have now came home to Glasgow, and the dance is a benefit to support them as they try to rebuild their lives.
Tickets for the event will be on sale from Thursday 17th March at the cost of £15 each, by contact either Joe McHugh on 07831222908 or Lisa at lisa@lisa-mchugh.com.
Lisa will talk to Stewart Fenwick about the event on Celtic Music Radio on Sunday, March 27th.

 

Acoustic Nights @ The Meeting Place

The Meeting Place, at Stonelaw Church in Rutherglen, features Acoustic nights on the last Friday of the month. Their programme has been announced for the next few months, including New Redwing (March 25th), Longway (Apr 29th), The Moonshiners (May 27th),The Graeme Gass Experience (June 24th), Bluegrass BBQ (JUl 29th) and Alan Jenkins & Friends (Aug 29th). Admission by donation of £3.

 

Spring Into Country

It's maybe snowing, but it's nearly spring, and time for Country music fans and linedancers to SPRING INTO COUNTRY. This year's event will be held Sunday May 1st at The David Lloyd Cenrtre, Arkleston road, Renfrew, near Glasgow Airport.
The event runs from 2pm to 11pm, and features music from Jolene & Barry, Niorman Borland, Lemon Grass, Tequilla and Stillwater.
Tickets are £14 before April 20th, or £16 on the door.
Full details here.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

 

Jewel and baby Ok after collision

Singer Jewel and her unborn baby escaped injury after her vehicle collided with a fire truck near Stephenville, Texas, on Friday morning (March 11), according to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune newspaper. The singer was taken to the hospital,but medical tests indicate that she and the baby are doing fine. The fire truck was responding to a grass fire in the rural area when it collided into the passenger side of Jewel's SUV. Jewel and her husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, are expecting a boy.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

 

Secret Sisters Chart

The Secret Sisters debut albuym has hit the Top 30 in the UK, on the back of TV appearances like BBC Breakfast & Jools Holland. The Alabama lassies are back on tour in May, kicking off at Glasgow's Oran Mor on May 3rd.

 

Stirling date for Jill Jackson

Jill Jackson, who has just released her "Back To Zero" album,will be playing at Katie's Bar and Bistro in Stirling on Friday 18th March from 8.30pm. Tickets £8 from venue

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

 

Brad & Alan Europe bound, but not for us

American Country favourites Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson are crossing the Atlantic this summer, but neither will be visiting Scotland.
Brad's dates include London's O2 Arena on August 17,and Dublin's Olympia on the 19th . He then plays V Fest's in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on Aug 20/21.
The week before, Alan Jackson returns to Scandinavia, with dates in Eskilstuna, Sweden on the 10th ; Skien, Norway on the 12th , and Stavanger on the 13th.
What's Norwegian for "Chattahoochie"?

Saturday, March 05, 2011

 

Under 50 days until Caithness

The Caithness Festival is almost upon us again. This year's event, held at Halkirk's Riding Centre over Easter weekend, April 22nd-24th, features Texan's Ron Williams, Justin Trevino, Landon Dodd and Tony Booth, alongside returning festival attraction Highway 101, and the much anticipated visit of Gene Watson.
If that wasn't enough, Canada's South Mountain will be there, plus Dominic Kirwan and Sharon Nicon from Ireland, and the best of Scottish Country acts, including The Jacks, Manson Grant, Kate Bain and Slange Ava.
More info at http://www.nncmc.co.uk/2.htm

 

Chris Cook for Dunbar

Singer/Songwriter CHRIS COOK from North Carolina will play in Dunbar at Rossborough Hotel on Saturday 9th April at 8.00pm.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

 

Trio for Hall of Fame

Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard were named today as the 2011 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Braddock, 70, was named in the new songwriters category. He has written songs, including He Stopped Loving Her Today, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Golden Ring, I Wanna Talk About Me, Time Marches On and People Are Crazy. Braddock also discovered Blake Shelton and has produced his albums. He also was the piano player for Martin Robbins, starting in 1965.
Shepard had a slew of hits including A Satisfied Mind with Ferlin Husky. Her first hit, A Dear John Letter, a 1953 duet with Husky, was the first post-World War II record by a woman country artist to sell more than a million copies. The song stayed number one for six weeks and was the only chart topper of her entire career on the Billboard chart. Shepard, 77, had 45 charted hits between 1953 and 1978 and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years.
Reba was not present because she was in Tulsa, Okla. where her father fell into a coma and was in a hospital.
The announcement was made Tuesday morning in Nashville in a webcast. Induction will be later this year during a medallion ceremony

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