FARON YOUNG–“HELLO WALLS”–THE POP HITS

Hello,  Faron Young was born February 25, 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was a country singer/songwriter/guitarist, during his legendary career, he charted 89 hit records between the years of 1953 and 1989.  He was the founder and one-time publisher of the Music City News magazine in Nashville.

Three of his #1 Country hits were also cross-over hits for Faron.  In 1958 he charted a huge #1 Country hit,  ALONE WITH YOU.  This classic hit held the #1 spot on the Billboard C&W chart for 13 weeks and crossed over to the Billboard Top 100, where it charted at #51.  Faron was enjoying hit after hit when in 1961 he recorded a song written by a then unknown furture star, Willie Nelson.  The song was,  HELLO WALLS, one of Faron’s biggest hits.  The single record held the #1 spot on the C&W chart for 9 weeks and became his biggest pop hit, charting at #12 and remaining on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks.  The single record of  HELLO WALLS sold over one-million copies and remained on the Country chart for 23 weeks.

Faron’s next big cross-over hit came in 1972.  He was now on Mercury Records where he continued to chart hit after hit.  Originally released in 1971 this classic hit became his first #1 Country single since 19961’s  HELLO WALLS.  This huge hit is  IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING.  The single was also the title track to his 1971 album and became one of his best-known hits.  The single was #1 on the Country chart for 2 weeks.  It became a #1 hit on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks, a #3 hit in the UK  and a #4 hit on the Irish Singles Chart.  The single charted at #92 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Sales of  IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING were over one-million copies earning him a “Gold Record”

Faron is also credited with the first video played on CMT when the cable TV channel first came on the air on March 5, 1983.  That first video was of course, IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING.

Faron Young died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1996 at the age of 64.  I remember meeting him with my wife in the mid 1980’s in Syracuse, New York.  We talked about his music and career.  He was a wonderful man, a fabulous entertainer and his voice was flawless…he was one of the best in country music.  Faron became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1954.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.  In his recording career he crossed over to the pop charts seven times.  His recording of  HELLO WALLS was not only a huge country hit, but one of the biggest pop hits of 1961.

Till the next time—Joe

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