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In 1961, Faron Young was one of the most popular stars in country music. Known as “The Hillbilly Heartthrob,” Young already had a number of Top 10 songs to his name when he released his single “Hello Walls” in March 1961.
“Hello Walls” was written by another country music legend, although he wasn’t well-known prior to the song’s release. So who was the songwriter? Well, it was none other than Willie Nelson.
The song was a major hit for Young, and peaked at the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country & Western Sides chart. It remained on the country chart for a total of 23 weeks, and also crossed over to the pop chart, where it claimed the 12th spot.
As a result of the song’s success, Nelson gained exposure to a larger audience, and his career began to flourish. The combination of Nelson’s clever lyrics and Young’s delivery of the song made for a memorable tune that is now considered a country staple.
In the song, the narrator takes on the role of a man with a broken heart, who laments the loss of his love by speaking to the walls and other parts of the empty house he lives in. The narrator is curious if the house also misses his lost love, singing “Hello walls,/How’d things go for you today?/Don’t you miss her./Since she up and walked away?”
Since “Hello Walls” was one of Young’s biggest hits, he frequently performed it over the course of his career. During one televised appearance, Young mournfully performed the song along with a group of background singers. The performance was an excellent showcase of Young’s talent as an artist, as you can tell from the emotion on his face and in his voice how invested he was in the story the song portrayed.
You can watch Young sing his hit song “Hello Walls,” in the video below.
If anything, this performance makes it easy to see why “Hello Walls” is regarded as a classic part of country music history.
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