Charlie Louvin

  • Born: July 7, 1927
  • Died: January 26, 2011
  • Location: Wartrace, Tennessee

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Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin is shown in his home in Manchester, Tenn. Jan. 29, 2009. At 81, Louvin has released two albums.

Country hall of famer Charlie Louvin dies at 83

CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Charlie Louvin paired his voice with his brother Ira's on their first recordings in the late 1940s, they released a sound wave that still ripples through music nearly six decades later.

As half of The Louvin Brothers duo, Charlie Louvin helped perfect a special brand of harmony that enchanted listeners with its purity and honesty. The influence can still be heard at the top of the charts today in pop, country and rock 'n' roll.

Louvin, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry, died early Wednesday at his home in Wartrace, about 50 miles southeast of Nashville. The 83-year-old had suffered pancreatic cancer for about six months.

The Louvin Brothers' sound spread hypnotically over the airwaves and through the loving touch of a phonograph arm, instantly charming and inciting listeners to go ahead and try to reach the perfection of two brothers joined in making a sound that is nearly impossible to reproduce.

"He really changed the world of music, Charlie did," Emmylou Harris said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "I know that, for me, hearing the Louvin Brothers brought me that fierce love of harmony."

Like a game of 6,000 degrees of separation, their influence was passed around from The Everly Brothers to The Beatles and The Beach Boys, from Gram Parsons to Harris and The Byrds, and passed on again and again to the kids of a new century like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, The Secret Sisters and legion high harmony lovers.

The Louvin Brothers disbanded in 1963 and Ira was killed two years later in a Missouri auto accident. John Rumble, senior historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said Louvin helped keep the duo's memory alive throughout the rest of his career, often incorporating Louvin Brothers material with his own.

They had just a dozen hits or so in the 1950s and early '60s, most notably "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby," which was No. 1 in 1955. Rumble noted the song managed to ascend to No. 1 despite the spread of rock 'n' roll by then.

"On their recordings, a tastefully played electric guitar was their only concession to modernism," Rumble said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

Parsons, the former Byrds member who infected several '60s and '70s rock musicians with a love for country, first heard the Louvins at a show in Waycross, Ga., in 1956, at the age of 9. Elvis was on that bill, too, but it was the Louvins who won his heart. Parsons was not the only listener to hear something very different in their music.

"In sharp contrast to the prevailing honky-tonk and country-pop music of the day, their sound was essentially a throwback to the mandolin-guitar 'brother duets' of the 1930s, emphasizing high-pitched singing and a repertoire embracing both secular and sacred songs that stressed themes of family, love, sin and salvation," Rumble said.

Louvin was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer and underwent surgery that was only partially successful. Nevertheless he continued a vigorous performance schedule and was one of several stars invited to a welcome-home performance of the Grand Ole Opry last year after floods damaged the Opry house.

"I'm not afraid of dying," Louvin said in a July interview. "We're all going to do that. And I've had 83 years of almost uninterrupted good health, so I know that's not by accident. So I've been blessed that long, and I could use a couple more."

The brothers decided to disband their duo after differences in personality and Ira's drinking created friction between them, but Charlie said they probably would have reunited if Ira had lived.

Louvin recorded regularly after his brother died, most recently releasing "The Battle Rages On," a collection of war songs, last winter. His biggest solo hits were "I Don't Love You Anymore" in 1964 and "See the Big Man Cry" in 1965.

Interest in the Louvins ebbed and flowed over the years with small resurgences in the 1970s, 1990s and in the new century. Harris had a hit with their "If I Could Only Win Your Love" in 1975. In 2007, his first studio album in years, "Charlie Louvin," boasted appearances from artists as diverse as George Jones, Jeff Tweedy and Elvis Costello. It was nominated for a Grammy as best traditional folk album.

A year later, his "Steps To Heaven" was nominated as best Southern, country or bluegrass gospel album. It was one of two albums he put out in 2008; the other was "Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs."

The duo had become members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1955, and Charlie Louvin remained an Opry performer for more than 50 years.

During one stretch of touring in 1955, Elvis Presley was the brothers' opening act. That second billing didn't last long, he recalled in 2007.

"It didn't take a month until they dropped the name 'Presley' and nearly the backdrop of the entire stage was ELVIS. He got big quick, very quick, but he was a good kid."

He laughed when he said he was "kinda like the people in the audience — I didn't know what he's doing. ... My brother said he's the only man he'd ever seen that could wear his clothes on out from the inside with all his shaking."

Louvin was born Charles Loudermilk in Henager, Ala., in 1927. He and Ira, born in 1924, worked in the fields on the family farm and began singing together as teenagers, developing the harmony that would become their trademark.

"I can remember my brother and I singing together when I was 5 and he was 8 years old," Louvin told The Associated Press. "He already knew how, and he was teaching me."

They worked on radio stations in Knoxville and Memphis in the 1940s, and signed their first record deal with Apollo in 1947. Eventually their sound would change music.

"I'm the biggest harmony lover in the world," Louvin said last year. "If a song's worth singing you ought to put harmony on it."

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Associated Press Writers Joe Edwards and Kristin M. Hall contributed to this report.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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Posted by Joe Berry - Mauldin, SC - friend   May 06, 2017

I Miss my brother so much

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Posted by Margaux - eq44hhycJSH, DC - ZHegqXNp   December 29, 2014

I had the pleasure of chatting with Charlie on the phone a couple of years ago and of course I have always played and will continue to play his fabulous songs.

Posted by Roxanne Casey - Haliburton   February 12, 2011

Charlie had a beautiful voice even in his old age. I love to listen to his songs. But we do have a hope of the resurrection which we can see our love one again.

Posted by Linda Daniels - Jackson, MS - fan   February 04, 2011

Charlie, you and Ira made the perfect duo. I wish it had lasted longer as a duo. "When I Stop Dreaming" will ALWAYS be THE country song of my life! I will miss you.

Posted by Dave Lawson - Fishers, IN   February 02, 2011

Candle

The country has lost another legend. He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by Varina Woodgeard - fan   January 31, 2011

Candle

Alton & Rabon Delmore loved the Louvin Brothers!
God Bless The Family!

Posted by Debby Delmore - Friend   January 31, 2011

Charlie will be truley missed. God be with the Louvin family.

Posted by Evan Spencer - Metropolis, IL   January 31, 2011

Charlie's music was always a big part of my musical career playing the Louvin tunes in Honky Tonks and Dance Halls for the audiences' enjoyment.I was fortunate to have sung harmony with Charlie a few years ago at a Benefit for another Musician. He was a caring humanitarian. Charlie may be gone but will never be forgotten by fellow musicians, fans and friends alike. God Bless the Louvin Family.

Posted by George Sinclair - Honey Harbour   January 30, 2011

In a 2003 interview with Kyle Cantrell, Charlie said he wanted to be remembered as "a good neighbor." With the stories I have heard about all the times and ways in which he gave a helping hand, I have no doubt that he accomplished that. Yes, his music and the memories live on...but I'll never stop wishing he was still here with us. My deepest condolences to Betty, his sons, extended family, and friends.

Posted by Sandy Weber - Overland Park KS, KS   January 30, 2011

Our deepest sympathies to Betty and the louvin family. My memories of Charlie are from first meeting him at louvin brothers museum on music valley drive.he would get up on the little stage and sing his heart out for all of us,then he would visit with everyone.these memories we will cherish forever.we went back year after year to the museum.Charlie will be sadly missed !

Posted by Brenda benoit - Cornwall   January 30, 2011

Our Love and Prayers go out to Betty Louvin and the Louvin Family. We are here if you ever need anything. It has been a pleasure being involved in Charlie's Museum here at the Smoke House. Love J.D. and Betsy Oliver, and the whole Smoke House Gang here in Monteagle.

Posted by J. D. Oliver - Monteagle, TN   January 30, 2011

Our prayers are with Miss Betty and the Louvin family. I was blessed to know Charlie for the last ten years. He was truly a special person, and he will be missed.

Posted by Roy McCoy - Bastrop, LA   January 30, 2011

I had the honor of playing with Charlie Louvin a few years ago during a vist to Nashville when our group New Terrain played there at the Texas Troubadour Theatre. He will be very much missed by a lot of fellow musicians. But I know he is at peace and smiling down on us. I send yuu my condolences and may God be with you for your loss. We will remember his accomplishments he achieved during his life here on earth and yet we know he has begun a brand new life with our Father in heaven. May God be with all of you.

Posted by Terry Hupp - Bedford, IN   January 30, 2011

Charlie was a friend and a great entertainer.We performed on the same stage a few times,and he was a guest on my radio show quite often.All his many fans around the world will miss him but will always have great memories of him and his music.

Posted by Buford R. Kegley - Galax, VA - friend   January 30, 2011

The memories of you will stay in my heart forever.

Posted by Sheree Norris Murray - Albertville, AL   January 29, 2011

I will miss you, my dear friend.

Posted by Lamar - Trenton, GA   January 29, 2011

Country music has lost a great entertainer and a great man. I always appreciated his time doing radio interviews with me, and it was a great pleasure to bring he and Stonewall Jackson to a show here in York, PA just a few years ago. My sympathies to Charlies family in this difficult time. God Bless you all

Posted by Tim Michaels - York, PA   January 29, 2011

Thanks for all of the good memories I had seeing you & your brother at the Grand Ole Opry as I was growing up!! Will miss all of you which has passed when I move back to Nashville going to the Opry. RIP

Posted by Mary Anderson - Montgomery, AL   January 29, 2011

My memories go back to when Charlie was working on the Louvin Brothers Music Park in Henegar, Al. My Mother Marchie (Whitmore)Moore and Aileen went to school together, and when Charlie and Betty sat in My Mom and Dad's living room back then he had lots of stories to tell about their childhood. He never forgot where he came from and his roots were strong and steadfast. They visited Mom & Dad when they were out from Nashville. You must know Betty that, "time will never heal the hurt of the loss, it only makes it easier to cope with." Well Charlie if you see Mom up there, tell her I said hello. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

Posted by Dale Moore - Trenton, GA   January 29, 2011

Back in 1995 I first discovered Louvin Brothers music when Charie was interviewed on National Public Radio and samples of their high close harmony were played. I thought I was transported to heaven! Since then I've gotten and treasured every recording by the Louvin Brothers and by Charlie I could find. I was privileged to talk with him a couple of times and found him to be humble and gracious. I saw him perform at Midnight Jamboree and and Just Pools in St. Louis. When he sang, he put his whole heart and soul into it. A remarkable voice, a wonderful spirit, and a deep faith. I will miss Charlie, but "the angels rejoiced in heaven last night." May God comfort you, Betty, Sonny, and the rest of the family. Dan

Posted by Daniel Thimell - Tulsa, OK   January 29, 2011

So sorry to hear this. LaRue (mom) just spoke with Sonny on Monday and Charlie was napping on the sofa. We both remember Charlie and Betty coming down to Buckley's between Opry shows - way back when it was still at the Ryman. Too many memories to mention. Our thoughts go out to the family. Take care of each other. LaRue Moore & Farianne

Posted by LaRue & Farianne - Los Angeles, CA   January 28, 2011

It is with great sadness to here of the passing of Charlie Louvin. Being from Alabama,I am proud and blessed to have known Charlie and call this Alabama Native my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the Louvin Family. I've allways said, Charlie wrote the book for singer/songwriters and in my opinion he also wrote the book on "CLASS" David A. Boley Executive Director Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame

Posted by David A. Boley - Glencoe, AL   January 28, 2011

I send to Miss Betty and all the family my sincere prayers for comfort and strength in the coming days ahead. Charlie encouraged me in my music as a youth and continued that spirit throughout my encounters with him especially during my years of work in Nashville around our Grand Ole Opry family. Blessings, Randall Franks "Officer Randy Goode" TV's "In the Heat of the Night"

Posted by Randall Franks - Ringgold, GA   January 28, 2011

Charlie was one that after the first meeting you were a friend. I learned so much from the person he was. He was so giving with his talent and himself. What memories I have for the rest of my life thanks to Charlie. Thank you Betty for sharing him with the world! I was blessed to go with Charlie to his last performance on the Opry ( Ryman) Nov 9th 2010. Attached is a photo I took that night. Charlie was the soul of country music and a friend to us all. Thank you Charlie, I miss you!
Jimmy "mulberry"

Posted by Jimmy from "mulberry" - Mulberry, TN - Friend   January 28, 2011

Thoughts and prayers to the Louvin family. With Deepest Sympathy, Sue Hudson

Posted by Sue Hudson - Indianapolis, IN   January 28, 2011

I feel a great loss that Charlie has left us, but the music he gave to the world will be a lasting and beautiful legacy. My deepest sympathies to the Louvin family. My heart and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Rosemary Otero - Seattle, WA   January 28, 2011

It hurts my heart to hear that another GREAT entertainer has left us..one that was back in the Opry with my Dad, the late Hawkshaw Hawkins. Every time we lose another one of the greats...it is almost like losing Daddy again. My love and prayers are with Charlie's family and his many, many fans. Charlie, you, Daddy and all the other greats...Have a Great Reunion Celebration in Heaven!

Posted by Susan Marlene (Hawkins) Gilliam - Wildorado, TX   January 28, 2011

The Louvin family remains in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Barry C. Taul - Midfield, AL   January 28, 2011

Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for his family. He was a wonderful man and great, great artist. God Bless you Charlie for all you did for Country music...keep singing in heaven. xoxo

Posted by PAUL & HELEN MATEKI - Bedford, TX   January 28, 2011

charlie go rest high on that moutain.your work is done.you are in thought,s and prayer

Posted by mchael jones - sidney, OH   January 28, 2011

Candle

I grew up listening to charlie and loved his music. To the loudermilk family may
GOD bless you in this time of sorrow and
hold you in the palm of his hand.

Posted by JAMES ROCKWELL - MUSIC LOVER   January 28, 2011

I grew up listening to charlie and loved his music. To the loudermilk family may GOD bless you in this time of sorrow and hold you in the palm of his hand.

Posted by JAMES ROCKWELL - COLDWATER, MI   January 28, 2011

Our condolences to Charlie's family. He will be missed. Macklam Feldman Management

Posted by Colin Nairne - Vancouver   January 27, 2011

THANKS FOR BEING OUR FRIEND! THANKS FOR MAKING US FEEL LIKE FAMILY & MOST OF ALL, THANKS FOR ALL THE MEMORIES! WE LOVE YOU CHARLIE & WILL MISS YOU DEARLY! LOVE & PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY! TONYA & IRA HOBDY

Posted by TONYA & IRA HOBDY - INDIANAPOLIS, IN   January 27, 2011

Candle

THANKS FOR BE OUR FRIEND! YOU WERE A GREAT MAN! WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! THANKS FOR MAKING US FEEL LIKE FAMILY & THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!

Posted by TONYA HOBDY - FRIEND   January 27, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie's family. He was a "precious jewel" and we'll all miss him.

Posted by Gary & Dorothy Loudermilk - Brownwood, TX   January 27, 2011

Our condolences to the family and many friends of Charlie. We had the pleasure of meeting Charlie several times when we visited his museum inside of Rudi's. Once I was talking with him when he was sitting on the little stage that was in there, and my wife was sitting at the lunch counter, and Charlie said Miss Fran while you're not doing anything, would you hand me that ashtray. Another time we were sitting on the bench outside when Charlie pulled up in the parking lot, and was walking toward us, when he turned around and walked back to his car looking for something, we asked him if anything was wrong, he said he lost his car keys, we helped him look for them for about 10 minutes, and he found them in his pockets. We will miss seeing him.

Posted by Ed & Fran Anderson - Penn Yan, NY   January 27, 2011

My late husband, Kenny Kiper, and I did a video for Charlie. He was so wonderful to work with. In the '70's we managed a boat dock in H'ville. Roy visited there often. He will be missed.

Posted by PHYLLIS KIPER - GALLATIN, TN - FRIEND   January 27, 2011

Story I heard him tell at a show: Emmy Lou Harris once asked him who was the woman singing the high harmonies on the Louvin Brothers records, He answered, "That was my brother Ira." Rest in Peace, Mr. Louvin. Peace to his family and friends.

Posted by Craig Stevens - Nashville, TN   January 27, 2011

I first met Charlie in 1969 at WTIK Radio in Durham, NC...He stopped by early one morning when I was doing the morning show and was on the air with me...After that he always remembered me when I would come backstage at the Opry.Gentle, kind and a great entertainer. Thanks for the memories Charlie Buddy Poole Salisbury, NC

Posted by Buddy Poole - Salisbury, NC   January 27, 2011

I'll miss you Charlie. Thank you for the wonderful memories. Rest in peace. To be absent from the body and present with the Lord. II Corinthians 5:8

Posted by Valeri Osbon Allen - Hendersonville, TN   January 27, 2011

When my 24 year old son was around 6 or 7 Mr Louvin had the Louvin Brother museum in Bell Buckle. My husband and I were in there and my son got tired so Mr. Louvin asked if he could take Josh to get ice cream at the ice cream parlor around the corner. Of course I said yes. Josh had no idea who Mr Louvin was but when people stopped him to shake his hand Josh knew something was important about him. To this day Josh still tells people about getting ice cream with Mr. Louvin the Grand Ole Opry Star!! Thanks Mr. Louvin for such a special memory for all of us. Rest in Peace Gods precious one.

Posted by Jane E Wilson - Smyrna, TN   January 27, 2011

I never got to meet Mr. Louvin personally but grew up listening to his music which was really great.
My thoughts and prayers to his family and God bless you Charlie. May you forever sing in Heaven

Posted by Susan McBride - Jacksonville, FL - a longtime fan   January 27, 2011

you will be missed, i am so glad to say i met a great man and singer, a true country legend, you're music will play on

Posted by chris foust - hartsville, TN   January 27, 2011

I will miss Charlie . He is singing in heaven now. He loved the opry .

Posted by Ricky Lonergan - Appling, GA   January 27, 2011

Candle

My heart is broken tonight! Charlie Louvin was my good sweet Friend & Hero! I met Charlie the first time in 1985, backstage at the "Grand Ole Opry". I'd watched him as a small girl and now, was meeting him in person. Since 1986, almost every year, I came to Nashville and would met Charlie at Shoney's, then, he would invite me to follow him to the back-into the "Opry", an graciously taking me in as his 'Guest'. This was Charlie Louvin..helping this small time Country Singer enjoy her dream of being at the "Opry" around the Stars, sharing a part of the his world as a 'Legend'. Charlie was my Friend, whom I respected and was so grateful for his kindness he showed me so many times over, just because he knew how special it was to me. YES, I was Blessed to have known Charlie Louvin, a Great Man with a big Heart and a great Voice. Thanks to Charlie and the great memories of all our visits. Country Music has lost one of the Greatest true Country Legends. He will be missed but NEVER forgot. I'll miss my Friend so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Betty, Sonny and all the Louvin Family. May God Bless you....
Wanda Clark, Mesquite, Tx

Posted by Wanda Clark    January 27, 2011

Candle

A true legend is gone. He will be missed.

Posted by Tom Andresen - A fan.   January 27, 2011

Candle

Betty ,Sonny and family my heart goes out to you. I will keep you in my prayers and if you need anything just let me know. My health won't let me come down so all I can say is we have all lost a very good man.
Love to all
Red Rebel

Posted by Cliff "RED" Rebel Haning - A personal friend of over30 year   January 27, 2011

Betty,Sonny,Ken,and Glenn, my sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you today.I hope you will be comforted in knowing Charlie was loved,respected,and revered by so many people, many of whom never met him, but loved his music. My love to all of you, Brenda

Posted by Brenda Clarke - Orlando, FL   January 27, 2011

Thoughts and Prayers are with Betty and the who;e family. Charlie will live on thru the music he has left for all of us to enjoy.

Posted by Jeff Michael - Galax, VA   January 27, 2011

Charlie, you will be greatly missed. You have always been such an important person to my family (Norris Family). My days as a child at the Louvin Brothers Park when my grandparents helped you there are days that I will cherish throughout my life. Thank you for all that you have done and for all the precious memories.

Posted by Richard McMullins - Pelham, AL   January 27, 2011

we seen him in columbus ohio a few years ago.he was with the opry.vince gill was with him.he took time to talk to everbody.0ur thought and prayer are with you.go rest high on that mountain charlie

Posted by michael jones - sidney, OH   January 27, 2011

Candle

god took a wonderful man

Posted by Shirley Burks - friend   January 27, 2011

Now is a good time to believe......

Posted by Bob Mangham - Coushatta, LA   January 27, 2011

Charley was truly a great legend. One of my fondest memories is having Charley on the air with me one Friday night for four hours solid. I then rode with him to Junction, Texas, to catch up with Justin Tubb, Johnny Duncan, Johnny Bush and Bill Mack. Spending three hours in his little pickup and soaking up his stories finished off a day that I will never forget. He was a great performer, but most of all a great man.

Posted by Tracy Pitcox - Brady, TX - Disc Jockey   January 27, 2011

I met Charlie back in the early sixties. I had the pleasure of working one of my first professional gigs with Charlie in Atlanta, Ga. I would be listening to him sing and forget to play. He told me he needed a player not a listener. I really enjoyed hearing his talent. I will miss his friendship. My prayers go out to Sonny and the whole family,

Posted by Jerry Braswell - Douglasville, GA - Friend   January 27, 2011

Candle

One of the truly great legends in country music. He will be missed.

Pat W.

Posted by Pat Wortner - Fan   January 27, 2011

Candle

R.I.P. Charlie.

Posted by Buddy - Fan   January 27, 2011

I have had the privilege of calling Charlie and his family friends for a few years now and I love them all dearly. I will cherish all the times I spent with him whether it was on stage or just hanging out at his home or favorite restaurant. I have shed many tears today but I know he is no longer suffering and that he and Ira are together again. I love you Charlie and we will miss you. Prayers and love to Betty and the family.

Posted by Chris Hill - Fayetteville, TN   January 27, 2011

We met Charlie in Winchester TN 2009 Jamboree By The Lake and had the Honor of performing with Charlie on stage there. Our memories of Charlie will deeply forever hold a loving memory in our hearts. May the Lord be with your family and quide you with his love. Charlie Lovin will always be Country Musics Pioneer. I'll never forget those Blue Eyes, God Bless You All.

Posted by Donna Ray, Ed Gowens, Tim Hicks - Benton, LA   January 27, 2011

I want to send my prayers and condolences to ya'll, i know how it is, i just lost my grandmother last week myself, and i always made a point to support my boys from my home state, and i had started listening to Faron Young but i now decided as a personal tribute i am going to play the entire Louvin Brothers box set that Bear Family has put out, again i am very sorry, just remember he's not suffering anymore and he gets to sing with Ira again

Posted by Corey Guthrie - Hueytown, AL   January 27, 2011

America has lost a great man in Charlie Louvin. I will always treasure the time I spent with the Louvin family.
Miss Betty our prayers are with you and your family. I will always be grateful to Sonny for his friendship and introducing me to you and Mr.Charlie. I can only imagine how trilled the Angels must be to hear the Louvin Brothers singing together again.
May God keep you all in His everlasting arms. Dave & Narie Burgess

Posted by Dave Burgess - Luthersville, GA - friend   January 27, 2011

We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man. We take comfort in knowing he has joined God's Great Country Choir and his star will shine even brighter now. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless ! Randy & Cheryl Hayford

Posted by Twang Thang Music - Nashville, TN   January 27, 2011

I met Charlie and Betty about seven years ago great people Betty my prayers are with you

Posted by Shirley Burks - tullahoma, TN   January 27, 2011

Charlie was one of the finest people I have ever met. He was a friend to all. If the world had a few more people like Charlie Louvin, it would be a much better place. May god bless you and your family Mr Louvin, you will be missed Your friend and fan, Ed Gowens songwriter

Posted by Ed Gowens - Calhoun, GA   January 27, 2011

May you find comfort knowing that Mr.Charlie will no longer be in pain .Our hearts go out to the family . May God Bless you all Howard

Posted by Howard Lofton - Georgiana, AL   January 26, 2011

The staff and management of WNKX (KiX96fm) in Centerville, TN sends our love and prayers. Mr. Charlie was loved by many here. When he came to see Mr. Charlie Garner, he always hugged me and told me he loved me. We will continue playing his music...we will keep his memory alive. God bless.

Posted by Sheila Wooten - Centerville, TN   January 26, 2011

I FONDLY REMEMBER ATTENDING SOME BLUE GRASS FESTIVALS ON SAND MTN SEVERAL YEARS BACK AND HAVING ALOT OF FUN. TALKING TO CHARLIE WAS CERTAINLY A PLEASURE. GOD BLESS CHARLIE AND FAMILY.

Posted by Don - SIMPSONVILLE, SC   January 26, 2011

Betty, Sonny, and all, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Charlie for a great number of years and treasured him. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way. God Bless

Posted by Jim Whitaker - Huntsville, AL   January 26, 2011

Charlie is a friend of over fifty years. He used to come by the house every so often with a crate of oranges or a half gallon of his beloved sand mountain syrup,knowing I was from Alabama also and loved that syrup. He has been dear to our hearts, and the world is a not going to be the same without his presence. May God bless and comfort Betty and the boys.

Posted by Les and Dot Leverett - goodlettsville, TN   January 26, 2011

Sheb and I always loved and respected Charlie. He will be missed on this earth...but celebrated in Heaven with alot of his friends including SHEB WOOLEY and JOHNNY RUSSELL. Be comforted in HIS NAME LORD.

Posted by Mrs Sheb Wooley - Hendersonville, TN   January 26, 2011

i met Charlie Louvin at the mid-night jamboree at Ernest Tubb record shop in sept. of 2010, what a great singer and guy he was, he was a true legend, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends

Posted by chris foust - hartsville, TN   January 26, 2011

Candle

I saw Charlie play at one of Levon Helm's Midnight Rambles a couple of years ago. He was having a great time playing with the band in that intimate, barn-dance atmosphere.

It's a great memory that I'll always cherish. Thanks Charlie for the great music.

My sympathy for your loss to his family and friends.

Posted by Tom - Fan   January 26, 2011


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In this Jan. 29, 2009 file photo, Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin is shown in his home in Manchester, Tenn.
Charlie Louvin, left, shines Mother Maybelle Carter's Gibson L-5 guitar as Earl Scruggs, right, plays "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" as Brenda Lee, left, Buck White, Sharon White and Vince Gill, background, sing along during the celebration of the historic guitar.
Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin is shown in his museum in Nashville, Tenn., March 1, 2007.
Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin is shown in his museum in Nashville, Tenn., March 1, 2007.
Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin is shown in his home in Manchester, Tenn. Jan. 29, 2009. At 81, Louvin has released two albums.