Gone But Not Forgotten
1. I Hear Little Rock Callin
SONY/ATV Tree Publishing
Unichappel Music, Inc./CMinor Music o/b/o Dallas Music Company
3. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
Ridge Music Corp
4. Green, Green Grass Of Home
SONY/ATV Tree Publishing
5. Wings Of A Dove
Larrick Music Co./Husky Music, Inc.
6. Just For You
Larry Butler/Curly Putman
SONY/ATV Tree Publishing
7. Sweet Misery
Jan Crutchfield/Wayne Walker
Universal - Songs of Polygram International, Inc.
8. I Feel Better All Over
Kenny Rogers/Leon Smith
Central Songs a/d/o Beechwood Music Corporation
Plainspoken Music Publishing Inc.
10. That's Why I Love You So Much
Jerry Foster/Bill Rice
Universal-Polygram Interational Publishing, Inc.
11. True, True Lovin'
Gene Nelson/Chip Taylor
BMG Bumblebee o/b/o Coach and Four Music
12. Timber, I'm Falling
Ferlin Husky/Dalton Timur/Dallas Frazier
Husky Music, Inc.
13. Cryin' Time
SONY/ATV Tree Publishing/Wixen Music Publishing o/b/o Jarest Music Company/Beachaven Music Corporation
14. Alabama Jubilee
George Cobb/Jack Yellen
Warner Bros. Music a Div of Warner Bros Inc./MPL Music Publishing Inc. o/b/o Edwin H. Morris & Company
Executive Producer: Thomas Gramuglia
Recorded and Mixed By: Scotty Moore
Master Tape Transfers: John Jungklaus
Produced by: Paul Martin
Recorded, Mixed by: Paul Martin
Mastered by: Mick Conley
Liner Notes by: Preshias Harris
Graphic Design: Nashville CD Design
Additional Overdubs: Upright Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, High Strung Acoustic, Tic Tac Bass, Kick Drum - Paul Martin
Special Guest Background Vocalists on "Timber I'm Fallin'": Marvis Husky, Donna Husky-Denson, Dana Husky-Stone, Julie Husky-Smith, Alana Husky-Jackson, Jennifer Husky-Lane, Austin Ferlin Smith, James Roger Smith III, and J.R. Smith, Jamie Allen Martin, Kell Martin, Mitch Martin
"There were a lot of years when nobody in the business could follow Ferlin Husky," said Merle Haggard, Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member. "He was the biggest live act of the day. A great entertainer."
A new Ferlin Husky album is a rare and unexpected treat for fans of traditional country music. Husky sold more than 20 million records, mostly in the 50s and early 60s. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 85 and fans believed that was the end of Husky's music… until now.
Executive Producer and President of Country Rewind Records, Tom Gramuglia, discovered tapes of Husky that had never before been commercially released. The recordings originate from a series of sixteen 15-minute shows titled ‘The Navy Hoedown Show,' and, later, ‘Hootenavy,' recorded at Scotty Moore's Music City Recorders Studio and at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville between 1972 and 1973. The shows were broadcast over the American Forces Network, with Husky singing some of his own hits and other popular songs. After the broadcast, the master tapes were put aside and forgotten. Gramuglia rescued the tapes and, with the blessing of the Husky family, turned them over to producer Paul Martin whose skillful touch has breathed new life into these ‘lost' tracks.
“I have always believed in the healing power of music,” said Martin. “My favorite part of this project was bringing Ferlin's family into my studio to put backing vocals on his hit "Timber, I'm Fallin'." It was so special seeing his wife, daughters, grandsons, son-in-law, and even a few friends singing and laughing one minute, then being reminded of the bittersweet moment and there would be a few tears shed the next. It was simply heartwarming! When we were all done and everybody was leaving the studio, it was as if his family had just stopped by to pay a visit with their dear husband/father/grandfather. Because of these special recordings, Ferlin will continue to live on.”
With his resonant voice and good looks, Ferlin Husky was a truly versatile entertainer. He was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and even a comedian, but made his most lasting impression as a live performer. He was one of the first country artists to have his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and toured widely in the USA and overseas. He topped the Country charts in 1957 with “Gone,” and scored another Number One in 1960 with “Wings of a Dove” that became one of his signature songs.
Martin had a hard time picking a favorite song from the project. “'Timber, I'm Falling' is a great song penned by one of my songwriting heroes, Dallas Frazier,” he notes. “His remakes of his many hits like "Wings Of A Dove" or "Sweet Misery" are just wonderful. His unique interpretations of “Alabama Jubilee" and "Green Green Grass Of Home" are sure to make you put them right up beside their original counterparts.”
Martin added, “I believe if Ferlin were still here with us today, he would have no problem with this previously unreleased material being made available to his fans. I am willing to bet he will make some new fans with this project too!”
Liner notes by Preshias Harris
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A personal note from the family of Ferlin Husky
The title ‘entertainer' is used frequently to describe people who sing, dance or tell jokes, some for a few months and some for years. To perform all three for a lifetime is rare. Ferlin Husky accomplished that and more.
A quick look at Wikipedia shows dozens of hits, both on the country charts as well as crossovers to the pop charts. He appeared on TV shows and hosted a few. He also appeared in several movies and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The expertly remastered ‘live' recordings on this record will allow you to enjoy this very talented entertainer as if you were there. We hope you will enjoy this record as much as we do.
- The Husky Family