Ferlin Husky

Sings Ole Opry Favorites

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The title is a bit of a stretch, since this LP reissues commercially unsuccessful recordings Ferlin Husky made for the 4 Star label in the early '50s. Originally released under the name Terry Preston in 1950-1951, these cuts were re-released by King and Hilltop in the '60s after Husky became a hot commodity again with his number one hit "Wings of a Dove." It is sometimes said that Husky's vocal style was unformed in his early years and that he emulated Roy Acuff in particular, but the dozen selections on Sings Ole Opry Favorites sound just like his later Capitol recordings except for the less-modern arrangements. Most of the songs are sentimental or sad, but there are a couple of novelties like "Cross Eyed Gal From the Ozarks" and "Electrified Donkey." This budget Hilltop album offers collectors an affordable opportunity to hear some of Husky's earliest recordings.