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Ferlin Husky dies at 85; singer helped open doors for California strain of country music

Ferlin Husky dies at 85; singer helped open doors for California strain of country music

Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early 1960s who helped open the door for performers specializing in a distinctively twangy California strain of country, died Thursday. He was 85.

Husky, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last year, died at a Nashville-area hospital, according to a statement on his website. He had a history of heart trouble.

"In the mid-'50s, Ferlin would create the template for the famed Nashville...

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