October 26

Remembering “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” Faron Young and his Hits

Faron Young was a country music artist and songwriter who rose to prominence from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. He was known as “The Singing Sheriff” and “The Young Sheriff.” But the utmost title he earned was “The Hillbilly Heartthrob.” To remember his legacy, let’s backtrack a little on his journey and his three number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart “Country Girl,” “Hello Walls,” and “It’s Four in the Morning.” These songs made an impact on his career as they showed his versatility as an artist and vocalist.


Faron’s other hits, “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” and “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young,” marked his sound and personal style as honky-tonk performer. In the course of his career, Faron released platinum albums and top-charting singles. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Country Girl

Faron Young released “Country Girl” in 1959. Roy Drusky wrote the words and lyrics of the song. Undoubtedly, the song became his trademark as it helped boost his career. It became the very first ones of his singles to promote his country singer all over the world. Also, it became his very first song to top the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It peaked at number one on November 9, 1959, for four weeks and spent thirty-two weeks on the said chart.

Hello Walls

Two years after setting his first number one, Faron Young released “Hello Walls.” It then became his second song atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Indeed, the song became a massive hit in 1961. It rocked the airwaves for nine consecutive weeks. Willie Nelson wrote the words and lyrics of the song which became his introduction to the world of songwriting. It was released on January 7, 1961.

It’s Four in the Morning

The song became Faron Young’s third to place at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song was a worldwide hit. Interestingly, “It’s Four in the Morning” became a smash in the UK which in fact peaked at number three. At that time, it’s rare for a country song to penetrate that position on the said country and chart.

“It’s Four in the Morning” made history when a live performance of Faron Young was televised on March 5, 1983, under CMTV. It was the very first music video to air on CMT.


Yes, Faron Young is a country artist worth remembering. He made history, and in his work of arts, we could remember the past. It’s not only his three number one songs that hit us but also his journey.


Country Girl, Faron Young, Hello Walls, It's Four in the Morning

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