Ferlin Husky Hospitalized

Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ferlin Husky is in a Nashville area hospital. According to news reports, he is in the critical care unit.

The 85-year-old singer has been in ailing health in recent months.

His career breakthrough came from his part in the Jean Shepard hit “A Dear John Letter.” The two reunited later for the follow up answer song, “Forgive Me John.”

Husky topped the Billboard Country singles chart for 10 weeks in 1957 with “Gone.” In 1960, Husky released his signature hit, “Wings of a Dove,” which was once again No. 1 on the Billboard Country singles chart for 10 weeks.

Husky has dabbled in acting and made appearances on several of the top television variety shows of the time, including The Steve Allen Show and Toast of the Town.

Husky pictured at the May 23, 2010 Medallion Ceremony for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (L-R): Steve Buchanan, CMA President of the Board and Senior Vice President, Media and Entertainment, Gaylord Entertainment; Steve Moore, CMA Chairman of the Board; Kyle Young, Director, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ferlin Husky; and 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Billy Sherrill. Photo Credit: 2010, John Russell/CMA.


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