Leona Williams was destined to become a Country Music Entertainer.

She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, simply called "Leona Sings" in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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In 2011, Leona was with the Entertainer of the Year award by R.

His early 1950s session work as a guitarist in California, for example, helped shape the trebly, aggressive style later known as the "Bakersfield sound".

In 1949 he signed his first recording contract as "Terry Preston", having been persuaded that his real name sounded too fake.

Switching to Capitol in 1952, he recorded an early version of Gone, which flopped, but in 1953 had his first hit, A Dear John Letter.

While spending the better part of the last decade headlining some of Branson's most successful shows, Leona continues to wow her fans in concerts across the nation and abroad.

She recently returned from her 5th consecutive annual tour, entertaining thousands of country music fans from all over Europe.

AKA Ferlin Eugene Husky Born: 3-Dec-1925Birthplace: Flat River, MODied: 17-Mar-2011Location of death: Nashville, TNCause of death: Heart Failure Remains: Buried, Hendersonville Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, TNGender: Male Religion: Baptist Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Singer, Country Musician Nationality: United States Executive summary: On the Wings of a Dove Military service: US Merchant Marine (1942-47)Country singer Ferlin Husky was raised on a Missouri farm, and as a young man worked as a radio performer, disc jockey, and dance hall singer before recording his first hit, "A Dear John Letter," a duet with California singer Jean Shepard in 1953.

He had his first solo Top 10 hit in 1955 with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)", and his first #1 single with "Gone," which spent ten weeks atop the country charts in 1957 and crossed over to become a hit on the pop charts as well.

The following year he made what some considered the first anti-drink drive message song – The Drunken Driver.