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Vern Gosdin

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Vern Gosdin (August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009) was a traditional country singer with a strong country voice. Some of his best material were not #1 hits.
As country music swung back toward traditional styles in the 1980s, an inheritor of the soulful honky tonk style of Lefty Frizzell and Merle Haggard rose to the top of the business and notched hit after barroom hit. Sometimes he was known simply as “the Voice.” Born in Woodland, AL, Vern Gosdin idolized the Louvin Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys as a young man and sang in a gospel quartet called the Gosdin Brothers.

When he was in his late teens, his family moved to Birmingham and began hosting The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on a local radio station. Gosdin and his brother, Rex, moved to Long Beach, CA, in 1961.

They began performing bluegrass music in the milieu that gave birth to country-rock, joining a group called the Golden State Boys which evolved into The Blue Diamond Boys in 1962 when future Byrds member Chris Hillman joined them on the mandoline. Shorty after they would rename again to The Hillmen which disbanded in the summer of 1964, when Chris Hillman left to join the BYRDS. During this time the group recorded an album, which was released by Together Records in 1970 as “Don Parmley And The Five String Banjo”. Vern and Rex teamed up to sing country music as the Gosdin Brothers once again, had a Top 40 country hit in 1967 with “Hangin’ On,” and opened for the Byrds on occasion.

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  • givemelovenowde

    very nice.

    26 Feb 6:51am Reply
  • BallerCraig

    Luv ya

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Still listening to ol'Vern. What a great voice! Stone Country - one of the unsung greats.

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Love this man!

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • will1959

    If anyone wants to talk country, I,m will1959@att.net

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • will1959

    I was raised with Vern and I think that he,s one of the best that ever sang a country sobng! 2 are better, George and Conway! Vern hits you in ths Soul!

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Finally some Vern tracks on Last.fm - check out - 40 Years of the Voice, Vol. 1 - and Vol 2,3,4 - about 100 titles in total - from Famine to feast!!

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • RandyB1961

    R.I.P. Vern. Your talent will surely be missed.

    11 May 2009 Reply
  • Saveall

    A great singer who will be missed.

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • actechman

    Vern Gosdin - A country legend ! A shame the country music industry never really realized that !

    4 May 2009 Reply
  • nolteCOD

    RIP man :(

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Vern Gosdin is a legend - pity there is not a single track by him on last.fm.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • cibolero

    this post is for three things: 1 - i'm the first deleted user 2 - second deleted user, cheers wherever you are/ 3 - i'm well drunk and vern is still the shit. i grew up with this guy.

    5 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Richex

    Thanks to a neighbor here on last.fm.

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Arkanazzt

    Chisled in Stone is one of the saddest country songs around.. definitely a down-and-out drinker...

    13 Oct 2008 Reply