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Vintage Video: Ferlin Huskey Hits #1 on the Country & 12 on the Pop Charts With "Wings of a Dove"

by VVN Music

For over a decade, Ferlin Huskey was one of the biggest stars in country music.

First hitting number 1 on the Country Singles in 1953 with Jean Shepard on "A Dear John Letter", he would go on to have eleven top ten country hits including three number ones with "Letter", "Gone" (1957 / #4 Pop / #1 Country) and on November 14, 1960, 57 years ago today, with "Wings of a Dove" (1960 / #12 Pop / #1 Country).

The song, written in 1958 by Bob Ferguson, has a basis in the bible and went on to spend the next eight weeks at number 1 plus two weeks in February of 1961 after his run was interrupted by Johnny Horton's "North to Alaska".

Amazingly, there were only five records that made it to the number 1 spot on the Country singles in 1960:
  • El Paso - Marty Robbins (7 weeks plus 2 at the end of 1959)
  • He'll Have to Go - Jim Reeves (12 weeks)
  • Please Help Me I'm Falling - Hank Locklin (14 weeks)
  • Alabam - Cowboy Copas (12 weeks)
  • Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky (8 weeks) 
All except the Copas song also crossed over to the pop charts. 

The top five country singles on November 14, 1960:
  1. Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky
  2. Alabam - Cowboy Copas
  3. Excuse Me (I Think I Have a Heartache) - Buck Owens
  4. (I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too - Skeeter Davis
  5. Before the Day Ends - George Hamilton IV