Vern Gosdin History


As the sixth child in a family of nine, Vern Gosdin began singing in a church in Woodland, Al. where his mother played piano.

In 1961 he moved to California where he joined the West Coast Country music movement, first as a member of the Golden State Boys, then the Hillmen before forming The Gosdin Brothers with brother Rex. The duo hit the charts in the late 60s with Hangin On on the Bakersfield International label, then with "Till The End" on Capitol Records.

He moved to Atlanta during the 70s, retired from performing and operated a glass company, but before the end of the decade he was back in the studio recording with Emmylou Harris and Janie Frickie .

He signed with Compleat Records in the early 80s, and in 1984 released "There Is A Season", picked by the Los Angeles Times as "Best Country Album" of that year.

He made the Top Ten consistently in the early '80s, really hitting his stride when he teamed with Max D. Barnes as a songwriting collaborator. The pair specialized in songs of cheating and barroom romance, often delivering an over-the-top emotionalism that got Gosdin compared to the ultimate legend of honky tonk vocals of George Jones . In 1983, Gosdin had two Top Five hits — If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) and Way Down Deep and was voted CMA's Artist of the Year. The following year he had his first number one single with I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight) and had two additional Top Ten hits.

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After Compleat Records went bankrupt, Gosdin signed with Columbia in 1987. He had success right off the bat with Do You Believe Me Now he hit number one once again with the perennially popular Ernest Tubb tribute Set 'Em Up Joe . Gosdin's Chiseled in Stone , co-written with Barnes, won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1989.

His 1989 album Alone was a rarity: a concept album in a traditional country style. It chronicled the dissolution of Gosdin's marriage. Recently Is it raining at your house, written by Gosdin was re-recorded and released by Brad Paisley.

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