About The Artist
Faron Young was a native of Shreveport, Louisiana and early on seemed destined to become one of the legendary singing stars of the hillbilly music era.
As a teenager, he had ambitions to become a radio announcer, but when he took up high school, he changed his mind and decided he wanted to be a singer. It seemed singing was something that Faron had done a lot of but had never considered that it could be a career. But he organized a hillbilly band in high school. They played for all the school's social functions, the local old folks homes and Veterans hospitals or just about any place you could round up a crowd in those days.
After graduating from high school, Faron lost his interest in music temporarily; seemingly a few disappointments helped this along. At that point, he started attending college. But shortly after entering college and the studies life, the 5 foot 8 singer returned to something he found that he loved more - music. He won a trial audition over the Louisiana Hayride program and began appearing each Saturday night in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He did so well that KWKH gave him his own morning show. Webb Pierce was probably first to notice this fellow's talents and gave him a job in his band and singing at all their personal appearances.
A few months later, Capitol's A&.R man, Mr. Ken Nelson, while on a tour heard Faron performing on the Louisiana Hayride and immediately signed him to a long term contract. His first record for Capitol was a tune he would begin using as his band's theme - "Have I Waited Too Long".
Then, he achieved another ambition as many hillbilly artists had at that time - the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville came calling. After joining the Opry, his career began growing at an even busier pace, doing a morning radio show, a weekly television show, writing songs and making personal appearances.
Later on the Singing Sheriff, as he became known, showed some business acumen, he founded the long time country music publication, The Music City News, (it was the subject of a Buck Owens parody song "The Cover of the Music City News") that later teamed up with TNN on television for the annual Music City News Country Music Awards that were voted by the fans. He also helped other country music artists along the way and with one of them, the legendary Charley Pride, was inducted into Country Music's Hall of Fame in 2000.
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