Vern Gosdin

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Vern Gosdin
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Vern Gosdin performing on TNN (1999)
Background information
Birth nameVernon Gosdin
Born(1934-08-05)August 5, 1934
OriginWoodland, Alabama, USA
DiedApril 28, 2009(2009-04-28) (aged 74)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
GenresCountry, Gospel
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1967–2009
LabelsElektra
Ovation
AMI
A&M
Compleat
Columbia Records
VGM
Associated actsEmmylou Harris
George Jones
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Vern Gosdin
Vern-Gosdin.png
Vern Gosdin performing on TNN (1999)
Background information
Birth nameVernon Gosdin
Born(1934-08-05)August 5, 1934
OriginWoodland, Alabama, USA
DiedApril 28, 2009(2009-04-28) (aged 74)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
GenresCountry, Gospel
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1967–2009
LabelsElektra
Ovation
AMI
A&M
Compleat
Columbia Records
VGM
Associated actsEmmylou Harris
George Jones
WebsiteOfficial website

Vernon "Vern" Gosdin (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) was an American country music singer. had 19 top-ten 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".[1]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

As the sixth child in a family of nine,[2] 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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

1960s - West Coast Country music movement[edit]

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.[2] 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).

1970s - Retirement and comeback[edit]

He retired from performing during the 1970s and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he operated a glass company.[2] 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 No. 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.

1981-1983: Today My World Slipped Away[edit]

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 A.M.I. 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. The early 80s also found a great combination of talent as Vern Gosdin traveled from coast to coast opening show's for George Jones. It was during this time that George Jones's manager, Gerald Murray,of Muscle Shoals, AL had the same home office for the two entertainers. George lived in Muscle Shoals at the time and the duo's office facility proved to be a pivot location for great writers and other entertainers including, Hank Williams Jr.

1983-1985: If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) and There Is a Season[edit]

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)",[1] which had previously been recorded by Gary Morris.[2]

1987-1989: Chiseled in Stone[edit]

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."[1] Gosdin's "Chiseled in Stone," co-written with Barnes, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1989.

1989-1990: Alone[edit]

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".[1] 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, and "That Just About Does It" by Willie Nelson

2007 The Vern Gosdin Book[edit]

In 2007 Vern Gosdin's manager, Dr. Gerald Murray of Muscle Shoals, AL wrote, True Life Stories About "The Voice". The book told of the life and times the two had togeather and about a few of the many people in Vern's life. Murray was a part of Vern's life for some thirty years and referred to Gosdin as a father, brother and friend.

Later years[edit]

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 www.theVoiceofCountryMusic.com 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.[3] It released a total of 101 pure country songs hand selected by Vern himself, 11 new songs recorded in 2008, 14 songs from his 1968 album "Sounds of Goodbye" with brother Rex Gosdin, and 77 of his favorite country and gospel classics.

Death[edit]

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.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsRIAALabel
US CountryCAN Country
1968Sounds of Goodbye (The Gosdin Brothers)39Capitol
1969The Hillmen (The Hillmen)Together
1977Till the End10Elektra
1978Never My Love24
1979You've Got Somebody
The Best of Vern Gosdin
1982Today My World Slipped Away30A.M.I.
1983If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)17Compleat
1984There Is a Season174
If Jesus Comes Tomorrow (What Then)
1985Time Stood Still31
1986Greatest Hits48
1988Chiseled in Stone7GoldColumbia
1989Alone11
199010 Years of Greatest Hits21Gold
1991Out of My Heart41
1993Nickels, Dimes and Love
2004Back in the Swing of ThingsVGM Records
2005Very Best of the VoiceMusic Mill Entertainment
200840 Years of The Voice (box set)CDBY
2012Country: Vern Gosdin63Sony

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1967"Hangin' On" (The Gosdin Brothers)37Single only
1976"Hangin' On" (with Emmylou Harris)1615Till the End
1977"Yesterday's Gone" (with Emmylou Harris)911
"Till the End"737
"Mother Country Music"1727
1978"It Started All Over Again"23
"Never My Love"930Never My Love
"Break My Mind"1317
1979"You've Got Somebody, I've Got Somebody"1627You've Got Somebody
"All I Want and Need Forever"2152
"Sarah's Eyes"57
1981"Too Long Gone"28Today My World Slipped Away
"Dream of Me"7
1982"Don't Ever Leave Me Again"28
"Your Bedroom Eyes"22
"Today My World Slipped Away"10
1983"Friday Night Feelin'"49Single only
"If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)"539If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)
"Way Down Deep"53
"I Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight"1010
1984"I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)"11There Is a Season
"What Would Your Memories Do"109
"Slow Burning Memory"107
1985"Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)"2016Time Stood Still
"I Know the Way to Love You by Heart"3527
1986"It's Only Love Again"68
"Was It Just the Wine"61
"Time Stood Still"51
1987"Do You Believe Me Now"413Chiseled in Stone
1988"Set 'Em Up Joe"12
"Chiseled in Stone"6*
1989"Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time"2*
"I'm Still Crazy"11Alone
"That Just About Does It"43
1990"Right in the Wrong Direction"106
"Tanqueray"7565
"This Ain't My First Rodeo"141910 Years of Hits - Newly Recorded
"Is It Raining at Your House"108
1991"I Knew My Day Would Come"64Out of My Heart
"The Garden"51
"A Month of Sundays"5471
1993"Back When"67Nickels, Dimes and Love

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
1989"That Just About Does It"Deaton Flanigen
1991"The Garden"Marius Penczner
"A Month of Sundays"Michael Merriman

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.129-130. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
  2. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (1991). The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits, p.575. ISBN 0-8230-7553-2.
  3. ^ [1] 40 Years Press Release, PR, November, 2008
  4. ^ Singer-Songwriter Vern Gosdin Dies in Nashville at Age 74

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