Charlie Louvin Has Died

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Charlie Louvin has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 83. The New York Times obituary is here.

The first time I heard Charlie Louvin sing was with Emmylou Harris – they harmonized on the Louvin Brothers’ If I Could Only Win Your Love on her classic LP, Pieces of the Sky. Charlie, of course, sang with his brother Ira until Ira’s death in an automobile accident, and between them, they made some of the greatest and (to me at least) scariest records in the history of country music. When they told me that Satan is Real, I was ready to believe. When they sang about The Great Atomic Power, I started looking around for the fallout shelters.

Judge for yourself – here’s a wonderful video of Ira and Charlie performing their 1956 hit I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby – look for Ernest Tubb in the background! Please enjoy.

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