August 5, 1934 – April 28, 2009
Vern Gosdin was nicknamed “The Voice” for a reason. He had one of the most beautifully soulful singing voices in all of country music, and if honky-tonk had a Mount Rushmore, Vern Gosdin would likely sit alongside George Jones, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell and Buck Owens. Gosdin scored several hits throughout the ’70s and ’80s, including “Set ‘em Up Joe,” “Chisled In Stone,” and “If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right).” Gosdin began singing as a child in his Alabama church. In the early ’60s he moved to Los Angeles where he became an integral part of the blossoming west coast country scene. He soon signed to Capitol Records where he released a few marginal hits. But it wasn’t until he moved to Atlanta, retired and then came out of retirement that he hit his stride with a series of chart toppers throughout the ’80s. Vern Gosdin passed away in a Nashville hospital after suffering a stroke in recent weeks.
Thanks to Stephen of Stephen Brower & The Silent Majority for the assist.