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    Vern Gosdin

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    Genre:Pop, Country
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    Most popular songs

    # Song LSI Rank
    1I'll Fly Away lyrics
    2Singer of Sad Songs lyrics
    3The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics
    4Too Long Gone lyrics
    5Rainbow And Roses lyrics
    6We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds lyrics
    7Set 'Em Up Joe lyrics
    8Love is Like an Echo lyrics
    9Bury Me in a Jukebox lyrics
    10Is It Raining at Your House lyrics

    Most popular albums

    # Album LSI Rank
    1The Voice Box, Vol. 1 [2015]
    240 Years of the Voice [2008]
    3Very Best of the Voice [2005]
    4Back in the Swing of Things [2004]
    5Time Stood Still [Music Mill] [1998]
    6Voice [Beckett & Tharp] [1998]
    7Silver Eagle Cross Country Presents Live: Vern Gos [1997]
    824 Karat Heartache [Music Mill] [1997]
    9Warning: Contains Country Music (The Great Ballads [1996]
    10The Truly Great Hits [Music Mill] [1995]


    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 that evolved into the Hillmen, featuring future
    Byrds member Chris Hillman. 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.

    Gosdin moved to Atlanta in 1972, raising a family and running a
    retail shop. But he never gave up on music completely. He
    performed at local clubs and began to gravitate toward Nashville,
    where Emmylou Harris, a friend of Gosdin's from his California
    days, was laying the foundation for a neo-traditionalist style of
    country music. Around 1976 Gosdin and Harris cut a demo single
    consisting of "Hangin' On" backed with a newly written song,
    "Yesterday's Gone." The demo got Gosdin signed to the Elektra
    label, and both songs cracked the country Top 20. In the late '70s
    he notched several major hits, including "Till the End" (with Janie
    Fricke), "Mother Country Music," and a remake of the Association's
    "Never My Love."

    In 1980, after the demise of Elektra's country division, Gosdin
    quickly moved through several contracts and landed with the
    independent Nashville label Compleat. He made the Top Ten
    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 Five hits — "If You're
    Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)" and "Way Down Deep."
    The following year he had his first number-one single with
    "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me
    Tonight)" and had two additional Top Ten hits. His career hit
    a lull in the mid-'80s, but in 1987, with the traditionalist
    movement in full swing and Warner Bros. artist Randy
    Travis roosting at the top of the charts, he was tapped by the
    Columbia label. He bounced back into the Top Ten that year
    with the tortured "Do You Believe Me Now," and in 1988 he hit
    number one once again with the perennially popular Ernest
    Tubb tribute "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 rarity: a concept album in a traditional country style. It
    chronicled the dissolution of Gosdin's marriage. Gosdin's
    popularity declined as rock-influenced country styles surged
    forward in the 1990s, but he continued to record on small
    labels and never abandoned the pure country vocalism he had
    cultivated for so long.

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