Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight[CD]
Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight - Ferlin Husky - with Guests: Simon Crum & Terry Preston. This compilation features 32 examples of Ferlin's ability to capture the verve of country bop, proto-rockabilly, and the rural strains that informed early rock and roll. He pulls it off, not because he's putting us on, but because this music is truly one of the many sides of the multi-talented Country Music Hall of Famer who was known as 'Mr. Showman.' Ferland Huskey was born in southeastern Missouri, and went on to be known by many names during his career: Ferlin Huskey, Tex Terry, Terry Preston, Ferlin Husky (without the 'e'), and Simon Crum, a comic alter-ego whom Ferlin demanded be treated as a separate person. The musical ground he traveled was as diverse as his various identities. Adept at smooth country politan Polish, rough-hewn backwoods toe-tappers, funny off-kilter novelties, earnest recitations, or rockabilly-infused boppers, one could pick virtually any theme and assemble a solid collection of Ferlin Husky material. Starting in the Missouri honky tonks as Tex Terry, Ferlin relocated to California in late 1948, where he joined Big Jim DeNoon's band in Salinas. It was through DeNoon that he landed his first record deal on the 4 Star label. When he began touring with Gene Autry sidekick Smiley Burnette he changed his name to Terry Preston. He eventually moved over to Capitol Records around the same time he moved to Bakersfield. It was during his Bakersfield period that Ferlin began introducing Simon Crum to audiences on his daily radio show. In 1953 he began recording songs in the Hank Williams style which were issued under the name Ferlin Huskey. He had his first #1 hit later that year with the Jean Shepard duet A Dear John Letter. By 1954 he had permanently relocated to Nashville, where he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. While smooth Nashville Sound hits such as Gone and The Wings Of A Dove came to define him, Ferlin's recorded output is incredibly diverse. He was just as likely to rock as he was to croon!
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