‘Nashville Sound’ country singer Ferlin Husky dies aged 85

Musician passes away in Nashville hospital

Country singer Ferlin Husky died yesterday (March 17) aged 85.

He passed away in the Critical Care unit of a Nashville area hospital when he had been under intensive care for several days, according to his official website, Ferlinhusky.com.

In the 1950s and early 1960s Husky pioneered a brand of twangy country music, labeled the “Nashville Sound“.

From the 1950s through to the 1970s he had more than 50 country hits, the biggest of which were ‘Gone’ and the gospel-driven ‘Wings of A Dove’.

Other career highlights included starring roles in the films Country Music Holiday with Zsa Zsa Gabor and The Las Vegas Hillbillys with Jayne Mansfield.

Husky also toured with a young Elvis Presley in 1957. Presley had described him as “so eager to learn how to entertain an audience, he’d watch everything I did.”

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2010.