1 August 2007

This weekly newsletter will keep you posted on progress toward the Sept/Oct publication of Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story by the University of Illinois Press. The book has been printed and is now in the distribution process. I received my hardcover copy in the mail this week. It’s a real book!!! Please go to your local bookstore if you wish to order a copy. You should have it in 7-8 weeks.

FARON YOUNG, NINETEEN YEARS AGO: Faron hosted Nashville Now on August 10, 1988, and sang “Stop and Take the Time,” which he said was Billboard’s pick hit of the week. (But it stalled at number 100.) It came from his new album, Here’s To You, which was his first on Step One Records and turned out to be his last ever of new songs. The title song became his 89th and last Billboard-charted song, peaking at number 87. He also previewed the album on the New Country television show in February 1989. I was stationed on Guam at the time and was thrilled to catch that show on CMT. I liked “You’re Just Another Beer Drinking Song” and “Twin Fiddles Turn Me On” better than the slow ballads. Ralph Emery announced on one Nashville Now show, “Faron Young is on the charts in Canada, they tell me, these days, in the top ten in Canada with this tune. Here’s Faron to sing Twin Fiddles.”

Chuck Dauphin, Operations Manager with WDKN Radio in Dickson, TN, writes, “I wanted to write you to let you know of my interest in the book you are working on about Faron Young. When the book is released, I would love for you to consider the possibility of coming on my morning show to discuss the book. We could even devote the entire morning of music to Faron, as well.”

John Krebs sends this great YouTube link of Faron on the Porter Wagoner show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHTKwhr36S4. There are other videos enjoyable to watch, too.

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