â€œI was introduced to Heart of Texas Records by Leona Williams,â€ Husky explains. â€œI was so impressed with Leonaâ€™s albums on the label that I agreed to record a new project for them. I had about decided to retire from recording, but after hearing this album I am sure glad that I changed my mind.â€
Husky begins that album with a song about true love that was written by Williams. â€œThe Way It Wasâ€ tells of a love that has remained constant throughout the years. Husky also rerecorded some of his biggest singles in â€œI Feel Better All Overâ€ â€œWalkinâ€™ and A Humminâ€™â€ â€œIâ€™ll Baby Sit With Youâ€ and â€œMy Reason For Living.â€
â€œI was at Hank Thompsonâ€™s house and we started talking about his song â€œTake A Look At This Broken Heart of Mineâ€ Husky said. â€œI told Hank that I always loved the lyrics and wanted to include that song on this album. Hank and I have been friends since the Capital Records days.â€
Leona Williams joins Husky for two stellar duets on â€œA Dear John Letterâ€ and â€œAs Long As I Live.â€ Their vocals and harmonies blend together making a lasting impact.
Huskyâ€™s long time side kick Simon Crum is even featured on â€œThe Way It Wasâ€ with the Tommy Collins classic â€œYou Better Not Do That.â€
Justin Trevino produced this album and called on some of the finest musicians in Texas including Bobby Flores on fiddle, Jake Hooker on bass, Dicky Overbey and Johnny Cox on steel guitar, Ron Huckabee on piano and Jim Loessberg on drums. Harmony vocals were completed by Leona Williams, Amber Digby, DeeJee Overbey, Guyanne McCall, Jake Hooker and Dicky Overbey. Johnny Bush contributed the liner notes.
â€œHis vocals are still so strong even at 80,â€ Heart of Texas Records President Tracy Pitcox said. â€œIt is a shame that Ferlin is not a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. After millions in sales, eighteen movies, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame and all of his accomplishments, the Hall of Fame award has still not come to him. As Ferlin told me the other day â€˜It wouldnâ€™t impress Jesus.â€™ It might not, but this industry owes it to Ferlin and to his multitude of fans.â€
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1. The Way It Was
2. I Feel Better All Over More Than Anywhere Else
3. Dear John (With Leona Williams)
4. An Old Memory Got In My Eye
5. My Reason For Living
6. Walkin' And A Hummin'
7. Champagne Ladies
8. Take A Look At This Broken Heart of Mine
9. As Long As I Live (With Leona Williams)
10. I'll Baby Sit With You
11. You Better Not Do That (Simon Crum)
12. Wings Of A Dove
13. Hank's Song