Ferlin Husky

That's Why I Love You So Much

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"That's Why I Love You So Much" made the Top Ten in Cash Box and is an excellent midtempo song from the last few years of Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records period. It has a few of his idiosyncratic flourishes: listen for his odd pronunciation of "woman" and open-throat delivery on the choruses. Husky was a dramatic, almost flamboyant, vocalist with a truly unique sound, so his album cuts have a head start on the road toward quality. Here he puts his stamp on several country classics and, uncharacteristically, Western swing songs, and the results are uniformly fine. His warm, expressive performance of Floyd Tillman's "I Love You So Much It Hurts Me" is like hearing the song for the first time, and even an extremely well-worn oldie like "Tennessee Waltz" is rejuvenated by Husky's touch. "That's What I'd Do" is a particular treat -- a straight remake of a rockin' Dallas Frazier song Husky attempted, but did not release, a few years earlier in his Simon Crum comedy persona. That's Why I Love You So Much is another good album from this great, underappreciated star.

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