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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 over 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, Faron 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 Louisiana Hayride and other old 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 entertainment industry during the key years from 1950 to 1980, when the music expanded beyond its original rural roots and blossomed into a national (ultimately, international) enterprise. 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.
Faron was an interesting country music star. He seemed to have some hang-ups, but that was just part of his personality. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carl T. Booker
Don't read if you want to keep any illusions about the man. He was a fantastic singer, but was also a neglectful father, abusive husband and major philanderer.Published 7 months ago by Melody Ervin
Was a gift for a friend, received it in plenty of time. Thank you. I read the book and thought it would make a great gift for a friend.Published 8 months ago by rosalee whitlock
I gave this a five star because it was that interesting!
Anything about Faron has to be entertaining!
Sad that his life ended way too soon!
Faron Young's life was very fast-moving and he was a very complicated individual, which is why I chose to read his life story. Any fan of Faron's would just love this book!Published 11 months ago by Linda G. Heltzel
Tragic story, yet rich in musical history! My father actually played pedal steel guitar with Faron, in the Circle A Wranglers Army band!Published 11 months ago by Maury E. Lunn
Fine biography of The Singing Sheriff by Diane Diekman. The author has crafted a very good read. Well researched and well referenced. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John L