Charlie Louvin 1927-2011 R.I.P.

 

Country music legend
was one-half of The Louvin Brothers.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Charlie Louvin – Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, Country Music
Hall of Famer and one-half of The Louvin Brothers – has died today (Jan. 26) at the age of 83,
at his home in Wartrace, Tenn. According to news reports he had been
battling pancreatic cancer for some time; despite having surgery for the
disease last July, an expected recovery did not occur and he subsequently tried
alternative treatment methods. There was also a benefit and auction held in Tennessee for Louvin in
October.

 

Louvin and his brother Ira, of course, were hugely
influential in the country music world as The Louvin Brothers, their tight
vocal harmonies making for a distinct signature. Frequent performers at the
Grand Ol’ Opry, their hits included “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby” and “The
Christian Life.” They broke up in 1963 and Ira died in a car accident in 1965.
Charlie continued as a solo star, and starting in 2007 experienced a
late-career revival with several albums on the Tompkins Square label, notably the
self-titled Charlie Louvin featuring collaborations
with younger artists such as Elvis Costello, Jeff Tweedy, Mac McCaughan and
Clem Snide.

 

His most recent album was released in November, The Battle Rages On, and he continued to
tour right up until the time of his death. In concert he was charismatic though
at times idiosyncratic – his comments both on- and offstage about women, race
relations and contemporary culture could sometimes be charitably described as “unfiltered”
– but his musical and vocal gifts remained undiminished by time. He will be
missed.

 

 

 

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