Thursday 30 April 2009, 11:52 | By

Country singer Gosdin dies

Obituaries

Country singer and songwriter Vern Gosdin has died in Nashville at the age of 74. He had recently suffered a stroke.

Gosdin, nicknamed ‘The Voice’ because of his rich baritone, was born in Woodland, Alabama, to a musical family who were known as such for their radio show, the ‘Gosdin Family Gospel Hour’. Vern and his brother Rex moved to California in the early sixties, performing with bluegrass group the Golden State Boys, before deciding to perform together as The Gosdin Boys. They achieved moderate chart success, and often performed with and opened for The Byrds, the band’s Chris Hillman having been a member of the aforementioned Golden State Boys.

In the late sixties and early seventies Gosdin left the music industry, but came back to it in 1976 when he signed to Elektra Records, kicking off a solo career that saw him chart a string of 41 singles and eight albums through a number of different labels, his final studio album appearing in 1993.

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