In 1955 he hit No.1 for the first time singing the exuberant “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young.” Nicknamed the Young Sheriff after playing a lawman in a Western movie, he racked up a succession of hits including “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’),” “I’ve Got Five Dollars and It’s Saturday Night,” “Wine Me Up” and the first hit recording of “Sweet Dreams.” In 1961 Young recorded Willie Nelson’s “Hello Walls.” The song gave Nelson, at the time a struggling songwriter, one of his first big breaks in the business, and it became a major smash for Young, spending nine weeks at No.
1 on the country charts and crossing over to the pop Top 20.
The men’s first meeting proved a pleasant one, however. Johnson] named some people I would probably have to ‘get past,’ you might say, in acceptance,” Pride says. I said, ‘OK, when I get to Nashville, I’m going to look him up.
I might as well get past him right away.’ “When we got to Nashville, this particular night, we looked for Faron –it took me all night, and we finally found him.
1 in 1972 with “It’s Four in the Morning.” Young became a major investor in Music Row real estate and owned and published the country music fanzine Music City News.
The following year he became the first artist to win back-to-back Male Vocalist trophies.
Young’s greatest success predated gala award shows; the CMA handed out its first honors in 1967. 25, 1932, in Shreveport, La., Young made some of the rowdiest, most energetic country records of the 1950s and early ’60s, and he sold a ton of them.
“I know he would have loved going into the Hall of Fame. I wish he was here to see it.” In some ways his father’s induction symbolizes a final resting-place for the legend.
“When my father died, he wanted his ashes scattered on Old Hickory Lake, near Nashville,” Robyn says.