Faron Young

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Faron YoungFaron Young_header_cell_0_0_0
Background informationFaron Young_header_cell_0_1_0
Birth nameFaron Young_header_cell_0_2_0 Faron YoungFaron Young_cell_0_2_1
Also known asFaron Young_header_cell_0_3_0 The Hillbilly Heartthrob

The Singing Sheriff The Young SheriffFaron Young_cell_0_3_1

BornFaron Young_header_cell_0_4_0 (1932-02-25)February 25, 1932

Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.Faron Young_cell_0_4_1

DiedFaron Young_header_cell_0_5_0 December 10, 1996(1996-12-10) (aged 64)

Nashville, Tennessee,U.S.Faron Young_cell_0_5_1

GenresFaron Young_header_cell_0_6_0 Faron Young_cell_0_6_1
Occupation(s)Faron Young_header_cell_0_7_0 Singer, songwriter, actorFaron Young_cell_0_7_1
InstrumentsFaron Young_header_cell_0_8_0 GuitarFaron Young_cell_0_8_1
Years activeFaron Young_header_cell_0_9_0 1951–1994Faron Young_cell_0_9_1
LabelsFaron Young_header_cell_0_10_0 Gotham, Capitol, Mercury, MCA, Step OneFaron Young_cell_0_10_1
Associated actsFaron Young_header_cell_0_11_0 Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Roger MillerFaron Young_cell_0_11_1

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. Faron Young_sentence_0

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. Faron Young_sentence_1

Known as the Hillbilly Heartthrob, and following a movie role, the Young Sheriff, Young's singles reliably charted for more than 30 years. Faron Young_sentence_2

In failing health, he died by suicide at 64 in 1996. Faron Young_sentence_3

Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Faron Young_sentence_4

Early years Faron Young_section_0

Young was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the youngest of six children of Harlan and Doris Young. Faron Young_sentence_5

He grew up on a dairy farm that his family operated outside the city. Faron Young_sentence_6

Young began singing at an early age, imagining a career as a pop singer. Faron Young_sentence_7

However, after he joined some friends watching Hank Williams perform with nine encores on the Louisiana Hayride, Young switched to country music instead. Faron Young_sentence_8

He performed at the local Optimist Club and was discovered by Webb Pierce, who brought him to star on the Hayride in 1951, then broadcast on KWKH-AM. Faron Young_sentence_9

He graduated from Fair Park High School that year and attended Centenary College of Louisiana. Faron Young_sentence_10

Career Faron Young_section_1

Young recorded in Shreveport, but his first releases were on Philadelphia’s Gotham Records. Faron Young_sentence_11

By February 1952, he was signed to Capitol Records, where he recorded for the next ten years. Faron Young_sentence_12

His first Capitol single appeared that spring. Faron Young_sentence_13

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. Faron Young_sentence_14

"Goin' Steady" hit the Billboard country charts while Young was in basic training. Faron Young_sentence_15

It peaked at No. Faron Young_sentence_16

2, and the US Army Band took the young singer to replace Eddie Fisher on tours—its first country music singer—just as "If You Ain't Lovin’" was hitting the charts. Faron Young_sentence_17

He was discharged in November 1954. Faron Young_sentence_18

From 1954 to 1962, Young recorded many honky-tonk classics for Capitol, including the first hit version of Don Gibson’s "Sweet Dreams". Faron Young_sentence_19

Most famous was "Hello Walls," a Willie Nelson song Young turned into a crossover hit in 1961. Faron Young_sentence_20

It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Faron Young_sentence_21

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. Faron Young_sentence_22

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. Faron Young_sentence_23

His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music's top bands and they toured for many years. Faron Young_sentence_24

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. Faron Young_sentence_25

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". Faron Young_sentence_26

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. Faron Young_sentence_27

3 on the pop charts. Faron Young_sentence_28

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. Faron Young_sentence_29

In the mid-70s, Young was the spokesman for BC Powder. Faron Young_sentence_30

Young signed with MCA Records in 1979, but the association lasted only two years. Faron Young_sentence_31

Nashville independent label Step One Records signed him in 1988 where he recorded into the early 1990s (including a duet album with Ray Price), then withdrew from public view. Faron Young_sentence_32

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_sentence_33

Faron Young's son Robyn followed him into the country music business starting in 1975. Faron Young_sentence_34

Robyn was the main headliner at his father's night club, Faron Young's Jailhouse. Faron Young_sentence_35

In the early 1980s Robyn began touring with his father, performing as an opening act. Faron Young_sentence_36

Personal life Faron Young_section_2

Faron Young briefly dated Billie Jean Jones before she became the second wife of country music superstar Hank Williams. Faron Young_sentence_37

It was through Young that Jones was first introduced to Williams, who went on to wed Williams in October 1952. Faron Young_sentence_38

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. Faron Young_sentence_39

The couple married two years later in November 1954 after Young was discharged from the Army. Faron Young_sentence_40

They had four children, sons Damion, Robyn and Kevin, and a daughter Alana. Faron Young_sentence_41

Young's later life was plagued with bouts of depression and alcoholism. Faron Young_sentence_42

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. Faron Young_sentence_43

Young appeared before a Wood County, West Virginia, justice of the peace and was fined $24, plus $11 in court costs. Faron Young_sentence_44

On the night of December 4, 1984, Young fired a pistol into the kitchen ceiling of his Harbor Island home. Faron Young_sentence_45

When he refused to seek help for his drinking problem, Young and his wife Hilda separated, sold their home, and bought individual houses. Faron Young_sentence_46

When asked at the divorce trial if he feared hurting someone by shooting holes into the ceiling, Young answered "Not whatsoever." Faron Young_sentence_47

The couple divorced after 32 years of marriage in 1986. Faron Young_sentence_48

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. Faron Young_sentence_49

He died in Nashville the following day and was cremated. Faron Young_sentence_50

His ashes were spread by his family over Old Hickory Lake outside Nashville at Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's home while the Cashes were away. Faron Young_sentence_51

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. Faron Young_sentence_52

Legacy Faron Young_section_3

Faron Young_unordered_list_0

  • In 2000, Young was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.Faron Young_item_0_0
  • 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.Faron Young_item_0_1
  • 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.Faron Young_item_0_2
  • 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."Faron Young_item_0_3
  • The Bottle Rockets make a wistful reference to Young in their song "Sometimes Found' on their album Brand New Year.Faron Young_item_0_4
  • 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 Young_item_0_5
  • Faron's hits "Hello Walls" and "Alone with You" make brief appearances in the Dale Earnhardt biopic, "3".Faron Young_item_0_6
  • The Blazing Zoos' song "Still Up at Five", on their album "Chocks Away" is a sequel/homage to "It's Four in the Morning".Faron Young_item_0_7
  • "I Miss You Already" can be heard in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line.Faron Young_item_0_8

Material loss Faron Young_section_4

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Faron Young among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. Faron Young_sentence_53

CD reissues Faron Young_section_5

Box sets Faron Young_section_6

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. Faron Young_sentence_54

The set focused on Young's first four albums. Faron Young_sentence_55

Later in 2012, Real Gone Music released a similar compilation which combined Young's first six albums with key singles. Faron Young_sentence_56

Two years before Young's death, the German independent record label Bear Family Records released a box set entitled The Classic Years 1952–1962, which showcased Young's early recordings for Capitol. Faron Young_sentence_57

It did not include Young's recordings for Mercury or Step One. Faron Young_sentence_58

Young's final recordings were released on a CD entitled "Are You Hungry? Faron Young_sentence_59

Eat Your Import," by the record label Showboat Records, which was founded by fellow country music star Liz Anderson. Faron Young_sentence_60

Discography Faron Young_section_7

Albums Faron Young_section_8

Faron Young_table_general_1

YearFaron Young_header_cell_1_0_0 AlbumFaron Young_header_cell_1_0_1 US CountryFaron Young_header_cell_1_0_2 LabelFaron Young_header_cell_1_0_3
1957Faron Young_cell_1_1_0 Sweethearts or StrangersFaron Young_cell_1_1_1 Faron Young_cell_1_1_2 Capitol T-778Faron Young_cell_1_1_3
1958Faron Young_cell_1_2_0 The Object of My AffectionFaron Young_cell_1_2_1 Faron Young_cell_1_2_2 Capitol T-1004Faron Young_cell_1_2_3
1959Faron Young_cell_1_3_0 This Is Faron Young!Faron Young_cell_1_3_1 Faron Young_cell_1_3_2 Capitol T-1096Faron Young_cell_1_3_3
My Garden of PrayerFaron Young_cell_1_4_0 Faron Young_cell_1_4_1 Capitol T-1185Faron Young_cell_1_4_2
Talk About Hits!Faron Young_cell_1_5_0 Faron Young_cell_1_5_1 Capitol T-1245Faron Young_cell_1_5_2
1960Faron Young_cell_1_6_0 Faron Young Sings the Best of Faron YoungFaron Young_cell_1_6_1 Faron Young_cell_1_6_2 Capitol ST-1450Faron Young_cell_1_6_3
1961Faron Young_cell_1_7_0 Hello WallsFaron Young_cell_1_7_1 Faron Young_cell_1_7_2 Capitol ST-1528Faron Young_cell_1_7_3
The Young ApproachFaron Young_cell_1_8_0 Faron Young_cell_1_8_1 Capitol ST-1634Faron Young_cell_1_8_2
1963Faron Young_cell_1_9_0 All Time Greatest HitsFaron Young_cell_1_9_1 Faron Young_cell_1_9_2 Capitol DT-2037Faron Young_cell_1_9_3
This Is FaronFaron Young_cell_1_10_0 Faron Young_cell_1_10_1 Mercury SR-60785Faron Young_cell_1_10_2
Aims at the WestFaron Young_cell_1_11_0 11Faron Young_cell_1_11_1 Mercury SR-60840Faron Young_cell_1_11_2
1964Faron Young_cell_1_12_0 Story Songs for Country FolksFaron Young_cell_1_12_1 7Faron Young_cell_1_12_2 Mercury SR-60896Faron Young_cell_1_12_3
Country Dance FavoritesFaron Young_cell_1_13_0 7Faron Young_cell_1_13_1 Mercury SR-60931Faron Young_cell_1_13_2
Story Songs of Mountains and ValleysFaron Young_cell_1_14_0 Faron Young_cell_1_14_1 Mercury SR-60931Faron Young_cell_1_14_2
1965Faron Young_cell_1_15_0 Pen and PaperFaron Young_cell_1_15_1 Faron Young_cell_1_15_2 Mercury SR-61007Faron Young_cell_1_15_3
Greatest HitsFaron Young_cell_1_16_0 Faron Young_cell_1_16_1 Mercury SR-61047Faron Young_cell_1_16_2
1966Faron Young_cell_1_17_0 Sings the Songs of Jim ReevesFaron Young_cell_1_17_1 18Faron Young_cell_1_17_2 Mercury SR-61058Faron Young_cell_1_17_3
1967Faron Young_cell_1_18_0 Unmitigated GallFaron Young_cell_1_18_1 18Faron Young_cell_1_18_2 Mercury SR-61110Faron Young_cell_1_18_3
1968Faron Young_cell_1_19_0 Greatest Hits Vol. 2Faron Young_cell_1_19_1 24Faron Young_cell_1_19_2 Mercury SR-61143Faron Young_cell_1_19_3
Here's Faron YoungFaron Young_cell_1_20_0 35Faron Young_cell_1_20_1 Mercury SR-61174Faron Young_cell_1_20_2
1969Faron Young_cell_1_21_0 I've Got Precious MemoriesFaron Young_cell_1_21_1 38Faron Young_cell_1_21_2 Mercury SR-61212Faron Young_cell_1_21_3
Wine Me UpFaron Young_cell_1_22_0 13Faron Young_cell_1_22_1 Mercury SR-61241Faron Young_cell_1_22_2
1970Faron Young_cell_1_23_0 The Best of Faron YoungFaron Young_cell_1_23_1 45Faron Young_cell_1_23_2 Mercury SR-61267Faron Young_cell_1_23_3
Occasional WifeFaron Young_cell_1_24_0 31Faron Young_cell_1_24_1 Mercury SR-61275Faron Young_cell_1_24_2
1971Faron Young_cell_1_25_0 Step AsideFaron Young_cell_1_25_1 19Faron Young_cell_1_25_2 Mercury SR-61337Faron Young_cell_1_25_3
Leavin' and Sayin' GoodbyeFaron Young_cell_1_26_0 23Faron Young_cell_1_26_1 Mercury SR-61354Faron Young_cell_1_26_2
1972Faron Young_cell_1_27_0 Its Four in the MorningFaron Young_cell_1_27_1 11Faron Young_cell_1_27_2 Mercury SR-61359Faron Young_cell_1_27_3
This Little Girl of MineFaron Young_cell_1_28_0 17Faron Young_cell_1_28_1 Mercury SR-61364Faron Young_cell_1_28_2
1973Faron Young_cell_1_29_0 This Time the Hurtin's on MeFaron Young_cell_1_29_1 19Faron Young_cell_1_29_2 Mercury SR-61376Faron Young_cell_1_29_3
Just What I Had in MindFaron Young_cell_1_30_0 26Faron Young_cell_1_30_1 Mercury SRM1-674Faron Young_cell_1_30_2
1974Faron Young_cell_1_31_0 Some Kind of a WomanFaron Young_cell_1_31_1 25Faron Young_cell_1_31_2 Mercury SRM1-698Faron Young_cell_1_31_3
A Man and His MusicFaron Young_cell_1_32_0 45Faron Young_cell_1_32_1 Mercury SRM1-1016Faron Young_cell_1_32_2
1976Faron Young_cell_1_33_0 I'd Just Be Fool EnoughFaron Young_cell_1_33_1 Faron Young_cell_1_33_2 Mercury SRM1-1075Faron Young_cell_1_33_3
1977Faron Young_cell_1_34_0 The Best of Faron Young Vol. 2Faron Young_cell_1_34_1 32Faron Young_cell_1_34_2 Mercury SRM1-1130Faron Young_cell_1_34_3
1978Faron Young_cell_1_35_0 That Young Feelin'Faron Young_cell_1_35_1 Faron Young_cell_1_35_2 Mercury SRM1-5005Faron Young_cell_1_35_3
1979Faron Young_cell_1_36_0 Chapter TwoFaron Young_cell_1_36_1 Faron Young_cell_1_36_2 MCA −3092Faron Young_cell_1_36_3
1980Faron Young_cell_1_37_0 Free and EasyFaron Young_cell_1_37_1 Faron Young_cell_1_37_2 MCA – 3212Faron Young_cell_1_37_3
1987Faron Young_cell_1_38_0 Funny How Time Slips Away (with Willie Nelson)Faron Young_cell_1_38_1 Faron Young_cell_1_38_2 Columbia FC – 39484Faron Young_cell_1_38_3
Here's to YouFaron Young_cell_1_39_0 Faron Young_cell_1_39_1 Step One SOR – 0040Faron Young_cell_1_39_2
Greatest Hits 1–3Faron Young_cell_1_40_0 Faron Young_cell_1_40_1 Step One SOR – 43/44/45Faron Young_cell_1_40_2
1988Faron Young_cell_1_41_0 Country ChristmasFaron Young_cell_1_41_1 Faron Young_cell_1_41_2 Step One SOP – 0059Faron Young_cell_1_41_3
1990Faron Young_cell_1_42_0 Memories That Last (with Ray Price)Faron Young_cell_1_42_1 Faron Young_cell_1_42_2 Step One SOP – 0068Faron Young_cell_1_42_3
1993Faron Young_cell_1_43_0 Live in BransonFaron Young_cell_1_43_1 Faron Young_cell_1_43_2 Laserlight 12137Faron Young_cell_1_43_3

Singles Faron Young_section_9

B-sides Faron Young_section_10

Faron Young_table_general_2

YearFaron Young_header_cell_2_0_0 B-SideFaron Young_header_cell_2_0_1 US CountryFaron Young_header_cell_2_0_2 Original A-SideFaron Young_header_cell_2_0_3
1955Faron Young_cell_2_1_0 "Forgive Me, Dear"Faron Young_cell_2_1_1 flipFaron Young_cell_2_1_2 "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young"Faron Young_cell_2_1_3
"All Right"Faron Young_cell_2_2_0 2Faron Young_cell_2_2_1 "Go Back, You Fool"Faron Young_cell_2_2_2
"For the Love of a Woman Like You"Faron Young_cell_2_3_0 flipFaron Young_cell_2_3_1 "It's a Great Life (If You Don't Weaken)"Faron Young_cell_2_3_2
1956Faron Young_cell_2_4_0 "You're Still Mine"Faron Young_cell_2_4_1 3Faron Young_cell_2_4_2 "I've Got Five Dollars and It's Saturday Night"Faron Young_cell_2_4_3
"Until I Met You"Faron Young_cell_2_5_0 flipFaron Young_cell_2_5_1 "Sweet Dreams"Faron Young_cell_2_5_2
"I'll Be Satisfied with Love"Faron Young_cell_2_6_0 flipFaron Young_cell_2_6_1 "Turn Her Down"Faron Young_cell_2_6_2
1957Faron Young_cell_2_7_0 "I'm Gonna Live Some Before I Die"Faron Young_cell_2_7_1 flipFaron Young_cell_2_7_2 "I Miss You Already (And You're Not Even Gone)"Faron Young_cell_2_7_3
1958Faron Young_cell_2_8_0 "Every Time I'm Kissing You"Faron Young_cell_2_8_1 10Faron Young_cell_2_8_2 "Alone with You"Faron Young_cell_2_8_3
"I Hate Myself"Faron Young_cell_2_9_0 22Faron Young_cell_2_9_1 "That's the Way I Feel"Faron Young_cell_2_9_2
"A Long Time Ago"Faron Young_cell_2_10_0 16Faron Young_cell_2_10_1 "Last Night at a Party"Faron Young_cell_2_10_2
1959Faron Young_cell_2_11_0 "I Hear You Talkin'"Faron Young_cell_2_11_1 27Faron Young_cell_2_11_2 "Country Girl"Faron Young_cell_2_11_3
"Face to the Wall"Faron Young_cell_2_12_0 10Faron Young_cell_2_12_1 "Riverboat"Faron Young_cell_2_12_2
1960Faron Young_cell_2_13_0 "A World So Full of Love"Faron Young_cell_2_13_1 28Faron Young_cell_2_13_2 "Forget the Past"Faron Young_cell_2_13_3
1961Faron Young_cell_2_14_0 "Congratulations"Faron Young_cell_2_14_1 28Faron Young_cell_2_14_2 "Hello Walls"Faron Young_cell_2_14_3
1963Faron Young_cell_2_15_0 "Nightmare"Faron Young_cell_2_15_1 14Faron Young_cell_2_15_2 "I've Come to Say Goodbye"Faron Young_cell_2_15_3
1964Faron Young_cell_2_16_0 "No Thanks, I Just Had One" (with Margie Singleton)Faron Young_cell_2_16_1 40Faron Young_cell_2_16_2 "Keeping Up with the Joneses"Faron Young_cell_2_16_3
"Rhinestones"Faron Young_cell_2_17_0 23Faron Young_cell_2_17_1 "Old Courthouse"Faron Young_cell_2_17_2
1979Faron Young_cell_2_18_0 "Second Hand Emotion"Faron Young_cell_2_18_1 70Faron Young_cell_2_18_2 "That Over Thirty Look"Faron Young_cell_2_18_3

Guest singles Faron Young_section_11

Faron Young_table_general_3

YearFaron Young_header_cell_3_0_0 SingleFaron Young_header_cell_3_0_1 ArtistFaron Young_header_cell_3_0_2 Peak chart positionsFaron Young_header_cell_3_0_3 AlbumFaron Young_header_cell_3_0_4
US CountryFaron Young_header_cell_3_1_0
1985Faron Young_cell_3_2_0 "One Big Family"Faron Young_cell_3_2_1 Heart of NashvilleFaron Young_cell_3_2_2 61Faron Young_cell_3_2_3 single onlyFaron Young_cell_3_2_4

Music videos Faron Young_section_12

Faron Young_table_general_4

YearFaron Young_header_cell_4_0_0 VideoFaron Young_header_cell_4_0_1 DirectorFaron Young_header_cell_4_0_2
1985Faron Young_cell_4_1_0 "One Big Family" (Heart of Nashville)Faron Young_cell_4_1_1 Steve Von HagelFaron Young_cell_4_1_2

Filmography Faron Young_section_13

Faron Young_unordered_list_1

  • 1956 Hidden GunsFaron Young_item_1_9
  • 1956 Daniel Boone, Trail BlazerFaron Young_item_1_10
  • 1957 Raiders of Old CaliforniaFaron Young_item_1_11
  • 1958 Country Music HolidayFaron Young_item_1_12
  • 1966 Second Fiddle to a Steel GuitarFaron Young_item_1_13
  • 1966 Nashville RebelFaron Young_item_1_14
  • 1967 What Am I Bid?Faron Young_item_1_15
  • 1967 The Road to NashvilleFaron Young_item_1_16
  • 1977 That's CountryFaron Young_item_1_17

Film depiction Faron Young_section_14

Actor Fred Parker Jr. portrayed Young in the biopic I Saw the Light, released on March 25, 2016. Faron Young_sentence_61


Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faron Young.