Thursday, January 27, 2011

Charlie Louvin: Hall of Fame kindness

There was a Country Music Hall of Famer so nice that he shared an e-mail correspondence with a fan he never met six years ago, acting as gracious as if the two people had been relatives.
CHARLIE LOUVIN was the Hall of Famer. He passed away yesterday, age 83, of complications from pancreatic cancer.

I was the fan, and Charlie and I e-mailed back and forth about the music he made with his late brother, IRA, as the duo known as the LOUVIN BROTHERS.

The pair specialized in gospel and later secular country songs that highlighted the brothers' close harmony style. Their sound had a tremendous (and acknowledged) impact on later acts such as the Byrds and the Eagles.

Their songs have been covered by Gram Parsons, Uncle Tupelo and many others, and
Charlie Louvin's musical legacy has been highlighted in all of the obituaries I have read.
I wanted to express my respect and gratitude for his kindness. It was of Hall of Fame quality, too.


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