Jean Shephard And Ferlin Husky – A Dear John Letter, or “Dear John” is the name of a popular country music song, written by Billy Barton, Fuzzy Owen and Lewis Talley. It was popularized by Ferlin Husky and Jean Shepard, and was a crossover country-pop hit in 1953.
Was performed as a duet by the two performers, with Husky speaking his part while Shepard sang hers. “Dear John” was released in 1953 and was a big success. The song topped the Billboard magazine country charts and reached No. 4 on the Billboard pop charts; in addition, it turned the unknown singers into star performers in the United States.
When “A Dear John Letter” topped the Billboard country charts, Shepard — at 19 years, nine months — became the youngest female artist to that point to have a no. 1 country single. She kept that record for nearly 20 years, when 14-year-old Tanya Tucker topped the Hot Country Singles chart with “What’s Your Mama’s Name.”
Jean Shephard And Ferlin Husky – A Dear John Letter
B-side “I’d Rather Die Young (Than Grow Old Without You)”
Released July 1953 (U.S.)
Recorded May 19, 1953
Songwriter(s) Billy Barton, Fuzzy Owen and Lewis Talley