As one of the best-known honky-tonkers to appear in the wake of
Hank Williams's death, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville's
music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string
of Top Ten hits, placed more than eighty songs on the country music charts, and
founded the long-running country music periodical Music City News in 1963.
Flamboyant, impulsive, and generous, he helped and encouraged a new generation
of talented songwriter-performers that included Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson.
In 2000, four years after his untimely death, Young was inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame.
Presenting the first detailed portrayal of this lively and unpredictable country
music star, Diane Diekman masterfully draws on extensive interviews with Young's
family, band members, and colleagues. Impeccably researched, Diekman's narrative
also weaves anecdotes from the Louisiana Hayride and other old-time radio shows
with ones from Young's business associates, including Ralph Emery. Her unique
insider's look into Young's career adds to an understanding of the burgeoning
country music industry during the key years from 1950 to 1980, when the music
expanded beyond its original rural roots and blossomed into a national—and ultimately,
international—phenomenon. Echoing Young's characteristic ability to entertain and
surprise fans, Diekman combines an account of his public career with a revealing,
intimate portrait of his personal life.
About the Author
Diane Diekman is the author of
Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born and A Farm in the Hidewood: My South Dakota Home.
A retired U.S. Navy captain, she was acquainted with Faron Young for the 26 years
before his death in 1996.