As a child he learned guitar from an uncle and then joined the Merchant Marines in his teens, transporting troops across the Channel for D-Day.After being discharged in 1946 he married Irma Jean Hollinger – the first of four wives.Leona Williams was destined to become a Country Music Entertainer.She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, simply called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Missouri.They lived briefly in St Louis, where he began playing for tips in local bars (adopting the stage name "Tex Terry" because neither of his parents approved of his going into showbusiness), before relocating to Bakersfield, California, which then had a fertile music scene.
Husky scored another major success in 1960 with the country gospel hit Wings Of A Dove, and although no subsequent releases topped this he had frequent chart hits until the mid-1970s, after which he largely ceased recording.
AKA Ferlin Eugene Husky Born: 3-Dec-1925Birthplace: Flat River, MODied: 17-Mar-2011Location of death: Nashville, TNCause of death: Heart Failure Remains: Buried, Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, TNGender: Male Religion: Baptist Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Singer, Country Musician Nationality: United States Executive summary: On the Wings of a Dove Military service: US Merchant Marine (1942-47)Country singer Ferlin Husky was raised on a Missouri farm, and as a young man worked as a radio performer, disc jockey, and dance hall singer before recording his first hit, "A Dear John Letter," a duet with California singer Jean Shepard in 1953.
He had his first solo Top 10 hit in 1955 with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)", and his first #1 single with "Gone," which spent ten weeks atop the country charts in 1957 and crossed over to become a hit on the pop charts as well.
She was also honored with the prestigious George D. Whether in a recording studio, dance or concert hall or on stage at the Grand Ole' Opry, Leona Williams always gives her very best to her fans and her music.
Hay Award in 2002 and was also inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame. She definitely presents a special class to the world of Country Music.
This success was largely down to Elvis Presley, who had performed as Husky's support act in the mid-1950s tours, when Husky was the bigger star.