Personalities | Ferlin Husky | West Coast Scene | Country
(Singer, comedian, dj, actor, b. 1927)
One of the first Bakersfield entertainers, Missouri-born Ferlin Husky moved to the town after serving in the Merchant Marines and first found work as a dj before signing with Four Star and recording as Terry Preston. Cliffie Stone put him on the Hometown Jamboree (as a replacement for ’Tennessee’ Ernie Ford) and secured him a deal with Capitol. ‘A Dear John Letter’ (1953), a duet with Jean Shepard, provided his first hit though ‘Gone’ (1957) was his major breakthrough, creating a smooth pop-country sound.
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