Faron Young sings “Hello Walls”/”Wine Me Up”
Faron Young was born on February 25, 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up on a dairy farm that his family operated outside the city. In 1952, Young moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and recorded his first chart hit, “Goin’ Steady.” He was drafted into the United States Army the following month. “Goin’ Steady” hit the Billboard country charts while Young was in basic training.
During the mid-1950s, Young starred in four low-budget movies: Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer, Raiders of Old California and Country Music Holiday. His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music’s top bands and they toured for many years. In 1963, co-founded, with Preston Temple, Music City News. In the mid-70s, Young was the spokesman for BC Powder.
Young’s later life was plagued with bouts of depression and alcoholism. Young signed with MCA Records in 1979 but the association lasted only two years. Nashville independent label Step One Records signed him in 1988 where he recorded into the early 1990s (including a duet album with Ray Price). His despair and deteriorating health are thought to have led to his tragic death on December 10, 1996.
Hits including “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Living)” and “Life Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” marked him as a honky-tons singer in sound and personal style; and his chart-topping singles “Hello Walls” and “It’s Four in the Morning” showed his versatility as a vocalist. Known as the Hillbilly Heartthrob, and following a movie role, the Young Sheriff, Young’s singles reliably charted for more than 30 years. Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
To learn more about Faron Young, visit: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faron_Young