Country singer Ferlin Husky hospitalized in Missouri

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Country singer Ferlin Husky is resting in a Springfield, Missouri hospital after doctors discovered blockages in arteries in his legs.

A spokesman for Husky's recording label says doctors discovered problems in both legs and decided to schedule surgery later.

The 81-year-old had open heart surgery in 1977 and was hospitalized for a week in 1983 after suffering a heart attack.

At the height of his career, Husky was a movie and T-V star and recorded hit songs like "Wings of a Dove," "Gone" and "Country Music Is Here to Stay." He sold more than 20 (m) million records, mostly in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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APNP 05-24-07 1400CDT

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