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Faron Young was one of the most popular country artists in 1961. 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. But he wasn’t well-known prior to the song’s release.
So who was the songwriter? Willie Nelson! Nelson also recorded his own version of “Hello Walls,” which you can hear in the clip below.
Young took Nelson’s song and made it a major hit. It peaked at the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country & Western Sides chart. Today, that chart is called the Hot Country Songs chart.
“Hello Walls” remained on the country chart for a total of 23 weeks. The song crossed over to the pop chart too, where it claimed the 12th spot.
Nelson gained exposure to a larger audience thanks to the song’s success. His career began to flourish.
When combined, Nelson’s clever lyrics and Young’s delivery made for a memorable tune. “Hello Walls” is now considered to be a country music staple.
Since “Hello Walls” was one of Young’s biggest hits, he continued to sing it throughout his career. He remained active until 1994. Young passed away just two years later at the age of 64.
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. The emotion on his face and in his voice show how invested he was in the song’s story.
Watch Young sing his hit song “Hello Walls,” in the video below.
This performance makes it easy to see why “Hello Walls” is known as a classic piece of country music history.