- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - Country Music Hall of Fame member Ferlin Husky is hospitalized in critical condition.

Husky’s daughter, Alana Jackson, tells The Associated Press through a family spokesman that the 85-year-old’s condition improved Monday and his doctors at Hendersonville Medical Center may soon move him out of the critical care unit.

Tracy Pitcox, president of Husky’s record label, Heart of Texas Records, says Husky has been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks following surgery and began having trouble breathing over the weekend. Husky suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and has a history of cardiac problems.

Husky was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame last year. He helped bring country music to the masses with pioneering work in television. His hits include “Wings of a Dove” and “Gone.”

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