Wings of a Dove (Bob Ferguson song)

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"Wings of a Dove"
Single by Ferlin Husky
B-side "Next to Jimmy"
Released July 1960
Genre Country
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Bob Ferguson
Producer(s) Ken Nelson
Ferlin Husky singles chronology
"Black Sheep"
"Wings of a Dove"
"Willow Tree"

"Wings of a Dove' is a country song written by Bob Ferguson in 1958. "Wings of a Dove" was most popular when it was recorded by Ferlin Husky in 1960. The Ferlin Husky recording went to number one on the country charts for ten non consecutive weeks.[1] It became Ferlin Husky's third and final number one on the country chart spending nine months on the chart. "Wings of a Dove" was successful on the pop charts as well, peaking at number twelve on the Hot 100.[2] In 1987, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) awarded Ferguson with the "million air" plays for the "Wings of a Dove." The song alludes to several passages from the Christian Bible about doves sent by the Lord, including a verse about God sending Noah a dove during the flood in Genesis 8:6-12, and another passage about a dove in Matthew 3:16 where "After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him."

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1960–1961) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12


The song has also been covered by many artists including Bonnie Guitar, The Jordanaires, Hal Ketchum, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, The Wilders, and Jim Witter among others. Nanci Griffith and Lucinda Williams recorded a duet version of the song for Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful). Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn covered the song on their 1993 album Honky Tonk Angels.


Robert Duvall sang the tune in the 1983 movie Tender Mercies. The movie's soundtrack included a version sung by Duval and Gail Youngs. A version of the song by Point of Grace appeared on the 2002 soundtrack of the movie Joshua.[3]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 166. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 296. 
  3. ^ Most Popular Titles With Soundtracks Matching "Wings of a Dove" accessed May 22, 2011
Preceded by
"Alabam" by Cowboy Copas
"North to Alaska" by Johnny Horton
Billboard Hot C&W Sides number-one single
November 14, 1960-January 2, 1961
February 13-February 20, 1961
Succeeded by
"North to Alaska" by Johnny Horton
"Don't Worry" by Marty Robbins