Country Music Hall of Fame member
Husky, who had a history of heart ailments, was admitted to a Nashville-area hospital earlier this month and later received hospice care at his daughter's home in Westmoreland, Tenn., where he died.
Born Dec. 3, 1925, in Cantwell, Mo., Husky recorded under two other names -- singing honky-tonk music as Terry Preston and performing country comedy as Simon Crum. Husky began playing guitar as a child and was a teenager when he began performing at events in his hometown. Following a five-year stint in the Merchant Marines during World War II, he later found work as a disc jockey in Bakersfield, Calif., the same town that later launched the careers of
Husky used Terry Preston as his stage name when he signed his first recording contract with Four Star Records in 1949. Two years later, Husky met future Country Music Hall of Fame member Cliffie Stone, who managed
Husky's career was catapulted in 1957 with the release of "Gone," a song he had previously recorded in 1952. Produced by Ken Nelson, the dramatic recording of the Smokey Rogers composition was underscored with vocals by
Husky's career enjoyed another boost in 1960 with the 10-week chart reign of "Wings of a Dove." An inspirational song written by Bob Ferguson, the single reached No. 12 on the pop chart. Husky continued to record for Capitol through the early '70s, although he scored just two more Top 10 singles -- "Once" (1966) and "Just for You" (1967). Signing with ABC Records, his first single for the label, "True True Lovin'," was released in 1973. His last chart appearance took place in 1975 with "She's Not Yours Anymore."
Husky appeared in more than 18 films, including projects starring Henry Fonda, John Carradine, Jayne Mansfield, Glenn Ford and Basil Rathbone. He has a star on Hollywood Boulevard as part of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Husky briefly retired from performing after undergoing heart surgery in 1977. During the '80s and '90s, he appeared regularly at Christy Lane's Theater in Branson, Mo.
He was formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 23, 2010. Other 2010 inductees included