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Faron Young

"Faron Young" (born February 25, 1932, near Shreveport, Louisiana, died December 10, 1996) was an American country music singer, predominantly in the honky tonk genre.

Starting off singing at the local Optimist Club, Young was discovered by Webb Pierce, who brought him to star on the Louisiana Hayride radio program on KWKH in 1951.

He was drafted into the Army in late 1952, just after he was signed to Capitol Records. Nicknamed 'The Hillbilly Heartthrob', and 'The Singing Sheriff' he had many hits including:

* "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')"

* "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young"

* "Sweet Dreams"

* "Alone With You"

* "Hello, Walls" (written by Willie Nelson)

* "Four in the Morning" (written by Jerry Chesnut).

Many of his hits were written by the young fiddle player in his band, Cotton Read.

Young ran the Nashville trade newspaper known as the Music City News for many years. He died at 64 years old of self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been in failing health when took his own life.

In 1985 the country singer inspired homage from English rock group Prefab Sprout, whose multimillion-selling album ''Steve McQueen'' contains the song "...

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