Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RIP Charlie Louvin

Godspeed, Charlie Louvin, who passed away today at age 83.

Louvin, along with his brother Ira, recorded some of country music's most enduring recordings in the 1950s and 1960s, including "When I Stop Dreaming," "Knoxville Girl," "If I Could Only Win Your Love" (later covered by Emmylou Harris) and "The Family Who Prays." Their close harmony would influence generations of country music and bluegrass singers.

Ira died on June 20, 1965, when a drunk driver hit his car in Williamsburg, Mo. Charlie continued with a solo career and lived in Manchester, Tenn.

Here is an audio recording of their hit, "When I Stop Dreaming."

The Louvins were also known for what has become an iconic cover for their gospel album, "Satan is Real." It is often featured on websites under "Worst Album Covers" lists.

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