August 26

“Wings of A Dove:” The Different Versions of Ferlin Husky’s Song

We can always find comfort in God. His undying love and care for us will help us face every day of our life. Therefore, we should not let anything get in our way. No matter how small a problem is or how bad a situation may be, always remember, God is there for us. This message is what Ferlin Husky’s song “Wings of A Dove” means.

“Wings of A Dove” By Ferlin Husky

The song was written by country songwriter Bob Ferguson and was made popular by Ferlin Husky in 1960. Husky earned another number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this song. However, this was also his last number one song on the chart. Aside from entering the country chart, the song also secured a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number twelve.

Different Versions

No one can resist the inspiring message that Husky’s song sends out. Even artists could not resist recording the song. So, why don’t we take a look at some of the artists who covered “Wings of A Dove?”

George Jones

In 1962, George Jones recorded Ferlin Husky’s “Wings of A Dove” for his fourteenth studio album Sings the Hits of His Country Cousins. His version of the song, together with his album, was not able to make it to the Billboard charts.

Charley Pride

Charley Pride recorded “Wings of A Dove” in 1968. Then in 1971, he decided to include the song on his very first gospel album, Did You Think to Pray. The song may not have entered the Billboard chart, but his album reached number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Moreover, the album also entered the Billboard 200 at number seventy-six.

Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette

Dolly Parton recorded the song twice. The first was a solo recording for her album The Golden Streets of Glory. Both her album and her song did not enter the Billboard chart.

In 1993, Parton recorded the song again. This time she was accompanied by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Their recording of “Wings of A Dove” became part of their first album together known as Honky Tonk Angels. Their version of the song did not enter the Billboard chart. However, their album was a hit, reaching number six on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Connie Smith

Connie Smith‘s fourth studio album was Connie Smith Sings Great Sacred Songs released in 1966. Moreover, this was the first gospel album she released in her career. Smith recorded songs such as “Wings of A Dove,” “In the Garden,” “Farther Along,” and many more. However, none of her songs on her album made it to the Billboard chart.

Her album was produced by Bob Ferguson who wrote the song “Wings of A Dove.”

Nanci Griffith

An album was released by Nanci Griffith in 1998 featuring songs from different artists. Aside from covering other songs for her album, Griffith invited other artists to collaborate with her for this album. One of the songs she covered on her album was Husky’s “Wings of A Dove.” Griffith collaborated with Lucinda Williams for the recording of this song.

Other recordings

Aside from the artists mentioned above, there are many other versions of Ferlin Husky’s “Wings of A Dove.” Other artists who covered the song were Hal Ketchum, Ernest Tubb, Red Sovine, George Hamilton IV, and many more.


Bob Ferguson, Charley Pride, Connie Smith, Dolly Parton, Ferlin Husky, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Nanci Griffith, Tammy Wynette

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