Faron Young

Faron Young

American country musician
Date of Birth: 25.02.1932
Country: USA

Biography of Faron Young

Faron Young was an American country musician born in 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was the youngest of six children and grew up on his parents' dairy farm. Young received his first guitar at an early age and immediately began passionately learning to play. By the time he reached middle school, Young was already playing and singing with his own accompaniment. It was during his high school years that he definitively decided to become a singer.

Faron Young

After a brief stint at Centenary College of Louisiana, Young began working at the radio station KWKH-AM in the early 1950s. In 1951, he made his first studio recordings, "Have I Waited Too Long" and "Tattle Tale Tears," for the independent record label Gotham. Shortly thereafter, Young caught the attention of Capitol Records, with whom he signed a contract in 1952. During this time, he also became a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.

Faron Young

During the height of his career, Young was drafted into the army due to the Korean War. However, he continued to perform while serving and even managed to record the song "Goin' Steady" during a short leave. Young was discharged in 1954, by which time his name was firmly established at the top of music charts, and his songs "If You Ain't Lovin'," "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," and "All Right" became major hits.

In the following years, Faron Young's popularity skyrocketed. He began appearing in films, became a frequent guest on television shows and studios, and his music continued to dominate the radio. In the early 1960s, Young recorded for labels such as Capitol and Mercury, although his overall popularity as a country artist declined compared to the 1950s. Nevertheless, he remained very popular and even found success in business ventures.

Some of Young's most popular songs during this period included "Wine Me Up," "Step Aside," "It's Four in the Morning," "Your Time's Comin'," and "If I Ever Fall in Love (With a Honky Tonk Girl)." Unfortunately, the 1970s did not fare well for Young's musical career, as his music saw decreasing demand. Even a switch from Mercury to MCA did not help, as he failed to chart any of his songs in the Top 40 on his new label.

For much of the 1980s, Faron Young toured and performed concerts, remaining highly respected as a country music veteran. However, in the 90s, his health took a serious toll due to emphysema. Unable to overcome his illness, Young took his own life by shooting himself in December 1996. He passed away the following day in the hospital.

Today, many consider Faron Young to be underrated, especially towards the end of his career. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, Young made significant contributions to country music. He released over two dozen studio albums and a vast number of his own singles.