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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Vern Gosdin born 5 August 1934

Vernon "Vern" Gosdin (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer. Known as "The Voice" he had 19 top-10 solo hits on the country music charts from 1977 through 1990. Three of these hits went to number one: "I Can Tell By the

Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)", "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "I'm Still Crazy".  

As the sixth child in a family of nine, Vern Gosdin began singing in a church in Woodland, Alabama, where his mother played piano. Vern and two brothers sang gospel on Birmingham radio station WVOK. Vern later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he ran the D&G Tap. He idolized The Louvin Brothers and The Blue Sky Boys as a young man.

In 1961, he moved to California, where he joined the West Coast Country music movement, first as a member of the Golden State Boys, which became The Hillmen, and included Chris Hillman. Vern then formed The Gosdin Brothers with brother Rex. The duo hit the charts in the late '60s with "Hangin' On" on the Bakersfield International label, then with "Till The End" on Capitol Records. During the same time period the Gosdin Brothers were featured on Hillman's former Byrds mate Gene Clark's first solo album, the 1967 well-regarded "Echoes: Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" singing backing vocals on all of the tracks behind the lead vocals of Clark and Lead Guitars of Clarence White, Glen Campbell, and Bill Rinehart (later of the Merry-Go-Round).

He retired from performing during the 1970s and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he operated a glass company. In 1976, he signed with Elektra Records and his first hit was a remake of "Hangin' On", which featured Emmylou Harris on harmony vocals and peaked at #16. His next single, "Yesterday's Gone", which also featured Harris, became his first Top 10 hit in 1977. Several more hits followed between 1977 and 1979 with the biggest of these hits being a remake of "Till the End" and a cover of The Association's "Never My Love" which also featured harmony vocals from Janie Frickie. 

In 1981, Vern signed with Ovation Records and scored a Top 10 hit with "Dream of Me". After Ovation Records closed their doors later in 1981, Vern signed with AMI Records where he scored a Top 10 hit in 1982 with "Today My World Slipped Away". (This song later became a number-three hit for George Strait). 

He signed with Compleat Records in the early '80s, and in 1984 released "There Is A Season," picked by the Los Angeles Times as best country album of the year. 

He made the top 10 consistently in the early '80s, really hitting his stride when he teamed with Max D. Barnes as a songwriting collaborator. The pair specialized in songs of cheating and barroom romance, often delivering an over-the-top emotionalism that got Gosdin compared to the ultimate legend of honky tonk vocals -- George Jones. In 1983, Gosdin had two top 5 hits — "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)" and "Way Down Deep." The following year, he had his first No. 1 single with "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)", which had previously been recorded by Gary Morris. 

After Compleat Records went bankrupt, Gosdin signed with Columbia in 1987. He had success right off the bat with "Do You Believe Me Now." He hit No. 1 once again with a tribute to Ernest Tubb called "Set 'Em Up Joe." Gosdin's "Chiseled in Stone," co-written with Barnes, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1989. His 1989 album Alone was a concept album in a traditional country style. It chronicled the dissolution of Gosdin's marriage and included his final number-one hit: "I'm Still Crazy". From 1989-1991, he released a number of songs and three more made the Billboard top 10: "Right in the Wrong Direction," "That Just About Does It" and "Is It Raining at Your House." "Raining" has been covered by Brad Paisley.' 

Vern continued writing and singing up until April 28, 2009 despite his battle and recovery from his first stroke in 1998. In December 2008, Vern Gosdin announced that would be releasing "40 Years of the Voice" with the help of a marketing team Tangent Alliance, LLC. This would become his final music project showcasing 40 years of his remarkable career. It released 11 new songs, 14 songs from his 1968 album "Sounds of Goodbye" with brother Rex Gosdin, and 77 of his favorite classics. 

Gosdin, who suffered a stroke in early April 2009, died at a Nashville hospital the evening of April 28, 2009 at the age of 74.(Info Wikipedia)

Here’s the great Vern Gosdin, from 1999.

1 comment:

boppinbob said...

For The Gosdin Brothers “Sounds Of Goodbye” go here:

1. Sounds Of Goodbye
2. Tell Me (Previously Unreleased)
3. There Must Be A Someone (I Can Turn To)
4. Woman's Disgrace
5. Multiple Heartaches
6. Love At First Sight
7. Victim
8. Uncommitted Man (Previously Unreleased)
9. Catch The Wind
10. She's Gone
11. No Matter Where You Go (There You Are)
12. Hangin' On
13. Wishing (Previously Unreleased)
14. Louisiana Man
15. I'll Live Today (Previously Unreleased)
16. For Us To Find
17. One Hundred Years From Now
18. Bowling Green
19. I'll Live With God (To Die No More) (Previously Unreleased)
20. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
21. Love Of The Common People
22. She Still Wishes I Were You
23. Had A Lot Of Friends (Previously Unreleased)
24. Let It Be Me

With a rootsy style, hip songs, and harmonies of pure heartbreak, Vern and Rex Gosdin were unwitting country rock pioneers, as evidenced by their lone album, the fabulous "Sounds Of Goodbye". This, its first-ever reissue, compiles the duos 1966-68 sessions, including the country hit 'Hangin' On', rare folk-rock singles, and some stunning outtakes, upon which the Gosdins' are backed by the Byrds, and Clarence White and the Bakersfield International gang.

Thanks to Old Melodies – Wings of Dream blog for link.