Faron Young was a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and early on seemed
destined to become one of the legendary singing stars of the hillbilly
As a teenager, he had ambitions to become a
radio announcer, but when he took up high school, he changed
his mind and decided he wanted to be a singer.
It seemed singing was something that Faron had done a lot of
but had never considered that it could be a career. But
he organized a hillbilly band in high school. They played for all
the school's social functions, the local old folks homes and Veterans
hospitals or just about any place you could round up a crowd in those days.
After graduating from high school, Faron lost his interest in music
temporarily; seemingly a few disappointments helped this along. At
that point, he started attending college. But shortly after entering
college and the studies life, the 5 foot 8 singer returned to something he found
that he loved more - music. He won a trial audition
over the Louisiana Hayride program and began appearing
each Saturday night in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He did so well that KWKH gave him his own morning show.
Webb Pierce was probably first to notice this fellow's talents
and gave him a job in
his band and singing at all their personal appearances.
A few months later, Capitol's A&.R man, Mr. Ken Nelson,
while on a tour heard Faron performing on the Louisiana Hayride
and immediately signed him to a long term contract.
His first record for Capitol was a tune he would begin using
as his band's theme - "Have I Waited Too Long".
Then, he achieved another ambition as many hillbilly artists
had at that time - the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville came calling.
After joining the Opry, his career began growing at an even
busier pace, doing a morning radio show, a weekly television show,
writing songs and making personal appearances.
Later on the Singing Sheriff, as he became known, showed some business acumen, he founded the long time
country music publication, The Music City News, (it was the subject
of a Buck Owens parody song "The Cover of the Music City News") that
later teamed up with TNN on television for the annual Music City News
Country Music Awards that were voted by the fans. He also helped
other country music artists along the way and with one of them, the
legendary Charley Pride, was inducted into Country Music's Hall of Fame
Credits & Sources
- Portions based on Country Song Roundup No. 22, February 1953,
American Folk Publications, Inc., Derby, CT.
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