|Birth name||Faron Young|
|Also known as||The Hillbilly Heartthrob
The Singing Sheriff The Young Sheriff
|Born||(1932-02-25)February 25, 1932
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Died||December 10, 1996(1996-12-10) (aged 64)
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actor|
|Labels||Gotham, Capitol, Mercury, MCA, Step One|
|Associated acts||Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller|
Faron Young (February 25, 1932 – December 10, 1996) was an American country music producer, singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s and one of its most successful and colorful stars.
Hits including "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" marked him as a honky-tonk 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.
In failing health, he died by suicide at 64 in 1996.
Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Young was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the youngest of six children of Harlan and Doris Young.
He grew up on a dairy farm that his family operated outside the city.
Young began singing at an early age, imagining a career as a pop singer.
By February 1952, he was signed to Capitol Records, where he recorded for the next ten years.
His first Capitol single appeared that spring.
Young moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and recorded his first chart hit, "Goin’ Steady" a song now discovered to be written by Hank Williams, in October 1952, but his career was soon sidetracked when he was drafted into the United States Army the following month.
"Goin' Steady" hit the Billboard country charts while Young was in basic training.
It peaked at No.
He was discharged in November 1954.
It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
He appeared as himself in cameo roles and performances in later country music movies and was a frequent guest on television shows throughout his career, including ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee.
His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music's top bands and they toured for many years.
He invested in real estate along Nashville's Music Row in the 1960s and, in 1963, co-founded, with Preston Temple, the trade magazine, Music City News.
The same year, Young switched to Mercury Records and drifted musically, but by the end of the decade he had recaptured much of his fire with hits including "Wine Me Up".
Released in 1971, waltz-time ballad "It's Four in the Morning" written by Jerry Chesnut was one of Young's finest records and his last number one hit, also becoming his only major success in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at No.
3 on the pop charts.
By the mid-1970s his records were becoming overshadowed by his behavior, making headlines in 1972 when he was charged with assault for spanking a girl in the audience at a concert in Clarksburg, West Virginia, whom he claimed spat on him, and for other later incidents.
In the mid-70s, Young was the spokesman for BC Powder.
Young signed with MCA Records in 1979, but the association lasted only two years.
Though new country acts including BR549 were putting his music before new audiences in the mid-1990s, Young apparently felt the music industry, which had undergone a revolution of sorts in 1991, had mostly rejected him (a sentiment shared by a number of artists of his generation).
Faron Young's son Robyn followed him into the country music business starting in 1975.
Robyn was the main headliner at his father's night club, Faron Young's Jailhouse.
In the early 1980s Robyn began touring with his father, performing as an opening act.
It was through Young that Jones was first introduced to Williams, who went on to wed Williams in October 1952.
In 1952, while Faron Young was stationed at Fort McPherson, he met his future wife Hilda Macon, the daughter of an Army master sergeant and the great-granddaughter of Uncle Dave Macon.
The couple married two years later in November 1954 after Young was discharged from the Army.
They had four children, sons Damion, Robyn and Kevin, and a daughter Alana.
Young's later life was plagued with bouts of depression and alcoholism.
In 1972, Young was arrested and charged with assault for spanking a girl in the audience at a concert in Clarksburg, West Virginia, after claiming she spat on him.
Young appeared before a Wood County, West Virginia, justice of the peace and was fined $24, plus $11 in court costs.
On the night of December 4, 1984, Young fired a pistol into the kitchen ceiling of his Harbor Island home.
When he refused to seek help for his drinking problem, Young and his wife Hilda separated, sold their home, and bought individual houses.
When asked at the divorce trial if he feared hurting someone by shooting holes into the ceiling, Young answered "Not whatsoever."
The couple divorced after 32 years of marriage in 1986.
A combination of feeling he'd been abandoned by country music and despondency over his deteriorating health were cited as possible reasons that Young shot himself on December 9, 1996.
He died in Nashville the following day and was cremated.
Damion Young, the oldest of Faron and Hilda Young's four children, died on November 25, 2006, at the age of 51, after suffering a long illness.
- In 2000, Young was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- The cat owned by Peanuts character Frieda was named "Faron" after Young, whom Charles Schulz "admired very much", but made few appearances in the strip.
- A live performance video clip of Young's "It's Four in the Morning" was the first music video to air on CMT when it launched on March 6, 1983.
- A country song by Tex Garrison mentions Faron Young in his opening lyrics with the lines "Got a stack of records when I was one, listened to Hank Williams and Faron Young."
- The Bottle Rockets make a wistful reference to Young in their song "Sometimes Found' on their album Brand New Year.
- Prefab Sprout recorded a country-tinged song called "Faron Young" on their album Steve McQueen. The chorus repeats the line "You give me Faron Young four in the morning".
- Faron's hits "Hello Walls" and "Alone with You" make brief appearances in the Dale Earnhardt biopic, "3".
- The Blazing Zoos' song "Still Up at Five", on their album "Chocks Away" is a sequel/homage to "It's Four in the Morning".
- "I Miss You Already" can be heard in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line.
In 2012, the UK-based Jasmine Records released a budget-minded 2-CD box set entitled Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young: The Early Album Collection.
The set focused on Young's first four albums.
Later in 2012, Real Gone Music released a similar compilation which combined Young's first six albums with key singles.
It did not include Young's recordings for Mercury or Step One.
Young's final recordings were released on a CD entitled "Are You Hungry?
Eat Your Import," by the record label Showboat Records, which was founded by fellow country music star Liz Anderson.
|1957||Sweethearts or Strangers||—||Capitol T-778|
|1958||The Object of My Affection||—||Capitol T-1004|
|1959||This Is Faron Young!||—||Capitol T-1096|
|My Garden of Prayer||—||Capitol T-1185|
|Talk About Hits!||—||Capitol T-1245|
|1960||Faron Young Sings the Best of Faron Young||—||Capitol ST-1450|
|1961||Hello Walls||—||Capitol ST-1528|
|The Young Approach||—||Capitol ST-1634|
|1963||All Time Greatest Hits||—||Capitol DT-2037|
|This Is Faron||—||Mercury SR-60785|
|Aims at the West||11||Mercury SR-60840|
|1964||Story Songs for Country Folks||7||Mercury SR-60896|
|Country Dance Favorites||7||Mercury SR-60931|
|Story Songs of Mountains and Valleys||—||Mercury SR-60931|
|1965||Pen and Paper||—||Mercury SR-61007|
|Greatest Hits||—||Mercury SR-61047|
|1966||Sings the Songs of Jim Reeves||18||Mercury SR-61058|
|1967||Unmitigated Gall||18||Mercury SR-61110|
|1968||Greatest Hits Vol. 2||24||Mercury SR-61143|
|Here's Faron Young||35||Mercury SR-61174|
|1969||I've Got Precious Memories||38||Mercury SR-61212|
|Wine Me Up||13||Mercury SR-61241|
|1970||The Best of Faron Young||45||Mercury SR-61267|
|Occasional Wife||31||Mercury SR-61275|
|1971||Step Aside||19||Mercury SR-61337|
|Leavin' and Sayin' Goodbye||23||Mercury SR-61354|
|1972||Its Four in the Morning||11||Mercury SR-61359|
|This Little Girl of Mine||17||Mercury SR-61364|
|1973||This Time the Hurtin's on Me||19||Mercury SR-61376|
|Just What I Had in Mind||26||Mercury SRM1-674|
|1974||Some Kind of a Woman||25||Mercury SRM1-698|
|A Man and His Music||45||Mercury SRM1-1016|
|1976||I'd Just Be Fool Enough||—||Mercury SRM1-1075|
|1977||The Best of Faron Young Vol. 2||32||Mercury SRM1-1130|
|1978||That Young Feelin'||—||Mercury SRM1-5005|
|1979||Chapter Two||—||MCA −3092|
|1980||Free and Easy||—||MCA – 3212|
|1987||Funny How Time Slips Away (with Willie Nelson)||—||Columbia FC – 39484|
|Here's to You||—||Step One SOR – 0040|
|Greatest Hits 1–3||—||Step One SOR – 43/44/45|
|1988||Country Christmas||—||Step One SOP – 0059|
|1990||Memories That Last (with Ray Price)||—||Step One SOP – 0068|
|1993||Live in Branson||—||Laserlight 12137|
|Year||B-Side||US Country||Original A-Side|
|1955||"Forgive Me, Dear"||flip||"Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young"|
|"All Right"||2||"Go Back, You Fool"|
|"For the Love of a Woman Like You"||flip||"It's a Great Life (If You Don't Weaken)"|
|1956||"You're Still Mine"||3||"I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night"|
|"Until I Met You"||flip||"Sweet Dreams"|
|"I'll Be Satisfied with Love"||flip||"Turn Her Down"|
|1957||"I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die"||flip||"I Miss You Already (And You're Not Even Gone)"|
|1958||"Every Time I'm Kissing You"||10||"Alone with You"|
|"I Hate Myself"||22||"That's the Way I Feel"|
|"A Long Time Ago"||16||"Last Night at a Party"|
|1959||"I Hear You Talkin'"||27||"Country Girl"|
|"Face to the Wall"||10||"Riverboat"|
|1960||"A World So Full of Love"||28||"Forget the Past"|
|1963||"Nightmare"||14||"I've Come to Say Goodbye"|
|1964||"No Thanks, I Just Had One" (with Margie Singleton)||40||"Keeping Up with the Joneses"|
|1979||"Second Hand Emotion"||70||"That Over Thirty Look"|
|Year||Single||Artist||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1985||"One Big Family"||Heart of Nashville||61||single only|
|1985||"One Big Family" (Heart of Nashville)||Steve Von Hagel|
- 1956 Hidden Guns
- 1956 Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer
- 1957 Raiders of Old California
- 1958 Country Music Holiday
- 1966 Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar
- 1966 Nashville Rebel
- 1967 What Am I Bid?
- 1967 The Road to Nashville
- 1977 That's Country
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