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Live Fast, Love Hard
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One of the best-known honky-tonkers since Hank Williams, Faron Young was a popular presence on Nashville's music scene for more than four decades. The Singing Sheriff produced a string of Top Ten hits, placed more than eighty songs on the country music charts, founded the long-running country music periodical Music City News in 1963, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. Flamboyant, impulsive, and generous, he helped and encouraged a new generation of talented songwriter-performers that included Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson. Presenting the first detailed portrayal of this mercurial country music star, Diane Diekman masterfully draws on extensive interviews with Young's family, band members, and colleagues. Echoing Young's characteristic ability to entertain and surprise fans, Diekman combines an account of his public career with a revealing, intimate portrait of his personal life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. 1. Faron Young, A Study in Contrasts
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 2. A Shreveport Beginning
  2. pp. 5-15
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  1. 3. On to Nashville
  2. pp. 16-25
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  1. 4. "Goin' Steady" and into the Army
  2. pp. 26-36
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  1. 5. The Young Sheriff, Living Fast and Loving Hard
  2. pp. 37-46
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  1. 6. Country Music on Life Support
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. 7. Legends in the Making
  2. pp. 55-68
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  1. 8. "Hello Walls," Goodbye Capitol Records
  2. pp. 69-77
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  1. 9. Family Matters
  2. pp. 78-85
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  1. 10. Wings and Wheels
  2. pp. 86-91
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  1. 11. The Music City News
  2. pp. 92-96
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  1. 12. Making Music in the 1960s
  2. pp. 97-107
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  1. 13. Faron and Friends
  2. pp. 108-117
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  1. 14. Business on Music Row
  2. pp. 118-125
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  1. 15. A Drunk Not an Alcoholic
  2. pp. 126-134
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  1. 16. From Severed Tongue to Number One
  2. pp. 135-141
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  1. 17. "This Little Girl of Mine"
  2. pp. 142-148
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  1. 18. The Sheriff and His Deputies
  2. pp. 149-158
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  1. 19. There He Was in Tulsa
  2. pp. 159-166
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  1. 20. Giving Hilda a Break
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. 21. After the Top Tens
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. 22. D-I-V-O-R-C-E
  2. pp. 185-193
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  1. 23. Closing Out a Career
  2. pp. 194-202
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  1. 24. Last Call
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 217-218
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  1. Images
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  1. Appendix: Faron Young's Country Deputies
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-260
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
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