Country music star and film actor Faron Young died Dec. 10 in Nashville.
The 64-year-old singer was found at his home the day before with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to Columbia Summit Medical Center, where he died. Reportedly depressed over recent health problems, Young left a suicide note.
He was best known for his string of hits in the country music field, which began in the early ’50s with “Going Steady” and included “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young,” the 1961 No. 1 country and top 20 pop hit, “Hello Walls,” which was the first of Willie Nelson’s songs to hit the national pop charts, and continued into the ’70s with “It’s Four in the Morning” and “Some Kind of Woman.”
Young began an acting career in Republic Westerns in the ’50s, co-starring in “Hidden Guns,” “Daniel Boone, Trailblazer” and “Raiders of Old California.” Later he appeared in several country-music-themed exploitation pictures, including “Country Music Holiday,” “Road to Nashville” and “Nashville Rebel,” which starred Waylon Jennings.
In addition to his acting and singing, Young was one of Nashville’s leading businessmen. He founded the country music publication the Music City News, which became the sponsor of one of that field’s most prominent awards ceremonies.