"Hello Walls" is an American country music song recorded by Faron Young. It became a massive hit in 1961, reaching #1 countryand #12 pop, and introduced its songwriter -- Willie Nelson -- to a national Ralph Emery had an answer song called "Hello Fool" in 1961, which peaked at #4 on the Country Charts. That song was Emery's only hit as a singer. • Willie Nelson recorded it the very next year for his debut album And Then I Wrote in 1962. • Esther Phillips recorded it for Atlantic Records in 1964. • Bing Crosby recorded it in 1965 for his album Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits. • Ricky Nelson covered "Hello Walls" on his 1966 Country Album Bright Lights & Country Music (Decca DL74779). • Brook Benton recorded it on his My Country album in 1966. • The Reverend Horton Heat covered it on the 1996 tribute album Twisted Willie. • Sheb Wooley recorded a parody about a drunk talking to the wall. audience. The record spent 23 weeks on the chart. Faron Young (February 25, 1932 -- December 10, 1996) was an American country music singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s and one of its most successful and colorful stars. Hits including "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')" and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" marked him as a honky-tonk singer in sound and personal style; and his chart-topping singles "Hello Walls" and "It's Four in the Morning" showed his versatility as a vocalist. Known as the Hillbilly Heartthrob, and following a movie role, the Young Sheriff, Young's singles reliably charted for more than 30 years. He committed suicide in 1996. Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Young was the youngest of six children. He grew up on a dairy farm that his family operated outside the city. He began singing at an early age. He performed at the local Optimist Club and was discovered by Webb Pierce, who brought him to star on Louisiana Hayride on KWKH-AM in 1951. He graduated from Fair Park High School that year and attended Centenary College of Louisiana. During the mid-1950s, Young starred in four low-budget movies: Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer, Raiders of Old California and Country Music Holiday. He appeared as himself in cameo roles and performances in later country music movies and was a frequent guest on television shows throughout his career, including ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee. His band, the Country Deputies, was one of country music's top bands and they toured for many years. He invested in real estate along Nashville's Music Row in the 1960s and, in 1963, co-founded, with Preston Temple, the trade magazine, Music City News. Later years Young signed with MCA Records in 1979 but the association lasted only two years. Nashville independent label Step One signed him in 1988 where he recorded into the early 1990s (including a duet album with Ray Price), then withdrew from public view. Though new country acts including BR549 were putting his music before new audiences in the mid-1990s, Young apparently felt the industry had turned its back on him. That and despondency over his deteriorating health were cited as possible reasons why Young shot himself on December 9, 1996. He died in Nashville the following day and was cremated.
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