Vern Gosdin dies at age 74

Vern Gosdin, Country Music's 'The Voice', Dies At 74

From his peers,

George Strait: "We will all miss Vern. He was one hell of a country singer and helped me out a lot on my very first tour. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Jack Ingram: "You can't go into a bar room that plays real country music without hearing Vern Gosdin. 'Chiseled In Stone' is as sad a country song as 'He Stopped Loving Her Today,' and 'Set'Em Up, Joe' is a call to anyone who's ever had a reason to be in a bar like that to begin with. Vern Gosdin's voice was truth — the hardcore country kind — and any time I heard him on the jukebox, my car radio or my old tape of Chiseled in Stone, I knew there was a lot about life and loss and love left to learn."

Emmylou Harris, to The Tennessean: "They called him 'The Voice,' and they didn't call him that for nothing. He had such restraint, and restraint intensifies emotion. He trusted the song and the melody. People don't realize how difficult it is to put across a country song with a complete economy of notes and phrasing. Vern did that as well as anyone."

Josh Turner, to Dial-Global: "The news of Vern's death puts me beyond sad. He was one my unofficial vocal coaches. He taught me what 'country soul music' was. Country music has lost one of its ambassadors. One of its soldiers. One of its fathers. His music will live on, but he will be greatly missed."

Rory Lee Feek, of Joey+Rory: "We saw a man walk by our table [at Cracker Barrel] that looked like Vern. Both Joey and I were/are huge fans, so when he sat down, we walked over and said, ‘Excuse me, but are you Vern Gosdin?’ He looked up and with a big smile answered, ‘No, I'm Charley Pride; pull up a chair, and sit for awhile. We spent the next hour just visiting with him and hearing stories about some of our favorite songs that he'd recorded over the years. He was so funny, inspirational and full of life. We were just honored to meet him and get to spend some time with one of our heroes."

Jamey Johnson, to The Tennessean: "If anyone wants to know, 'Was he really that good?' they can just listen to 'Chiseled In Stone' or 'Do You Believe Me Now.' He was really that good. The guy was a walking heartache." Read the full article on Vern Gosdin by Jamey Johnson the Tennessean



 

From the press,

 

Vern Gosdin, Country Music's 'The Voice,' Dies At 74

Billboard - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
Country singer/songwriter Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice" for his distinctive tone and heart-wrenching way with a lyric, died Monday night in Nashville ...
 

Vern Gosdin dies at 70; country music singer-songwriter

Los Angeles Times - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Vern Gosdin, a singer-songwriter whose "Chiseled in Stone" was named the Country Music Assn.'s song of the year in 1989, has died. He was 70. ...
 

Jamey Johnson remembers Vern Gosdin

The Tennessean - ‎May 1, 2009‎
“But the day I met Vern Gosdin was a good day for me.” Gosdin, who died on April 28 at age 74, was among country music's greatest vocalists. ...
 

Country singer Vern Gosdin dies at age 74

The Associated Press - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
(AP) — Singer Vern Gosdin, who recorded country music hits like the award-winning "Chiseled in Stone" during a 30-year career, has died. He was 74. ...
 

Country music singer Vern Gosdin dies in Nashville

Reuters - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 29 (Reuters) - Honky-tonk singer Vern Gosdin, 74, whose "Chiseled in Stone" became a classic in country music, has died, ...
 

Singer-Songwriter Vern Gosdin Dies in Nashville at Age 74

CMT.com - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Singer-songwriter Vern Gosdin, who achieved mainstream country success in the '80s with hits such as "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "Chiseled in Stone," died late ...
 

Vern Gosdin, The Voice of Country Music, Has Died

Cybergrass - ‎May 1, 2009‎
Country singer Vern Gosdin, 74, who fans and critics labeled, "The Voice" of Country Music passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, April 28, 2009. ...
 

Country Chart-Topper Vern Gosdin Dies At 74

AHN - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
Nashville, TN (CNS) - Vern Gosdin, whose country hits included the chart-topping "Set 'em Up Joe," "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me ...
 

Vern Gosdin Dies

Pollstar - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Once described by Tammy Wynette as “the only other country singer who can hold a candle to George Jones,” Gosdin sang gospel, bluegrass and folk before he ...
 

Songwriter Vern Gosdin Dies at 74

TransWorldNews (press release) - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Singer and songwriter Vern Gosdin has died. Gosdin, who hit country music success in the 80s, died late Tuesday in a Nashville hospital. ...
 

Vern Gosdin dies at 74

Country Standard Time - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – Singer Vern Gosdin, 74, who was on the country charts from the mid-1970s until the early 1990s and considered one of the best ...
 

Vern Gosdin: 1934–2009

Country Weekly - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Country legend Vern Gosdin, known affectionately to his fans as “The Voice,” died April 28 at a Nashville hospital at age 74. The Woodland, Ala., native had ...
 

Country Legend Vern Gosdin Dies

WHNT - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Country music singer Vern Gosdin passed away overnight at a hospital in Nashville. He was 74 years old. Gosdin had suffered a stroke earlier this month. ...
 

Country star Vern Gosdin dies at 74

The Tennessean - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Country music star Vern Gosdin, known for such hits as "Set 'em Up Joe" and "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)," died at ...
 

Country singer Vern Gosdin dies at age 74

The Associated Press - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
(AP) — Singer Vern Gosdin, who recorded country music hits like the award-winning "Chiseled in Stone" during a 30-year career, has died. He was 74. ...
 

George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Others Remember "The Voice"

Great American Country - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
April 30, 2009 — Many of country music's brightest performers were saddened Wednesday by the death of Vern Gosdin, whose quivering performances held so much ...
 

Chiseled in Stone

Shelbyville Times-Gazette - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
For those country music fans out there , we lost Vern Gosdin yesterday, he was known as the voice and until Randy Travis was the only one to hold a candle ...
 

Country Music Singer Vern Gosdin "The Voice" Dies After Stroke In ...

Post Chronicle - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
by Mitch Marconi Singer Vern Gosdin has died at age 74. Gosdin is known for being one of Country's music greatest singers. He gained most of his fame when ...
 

Country Great Vern “The Voice” Gosdin Dies

American Songwriter - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
Gosdin placed an impressive 41 solo singles and eight albums on the country charts between 1976 and 1993, Billboard.com reports. Gosdin and his brother Rex ...
 

COUNTRY SINGER GOSDIN DIES

PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
Fellow country singer Josh Turner adds, "The news of Vern's death puts me beyond sad. He was one of my unofficial vocal coaches. He taught me what 'country ...
 

Country star Gosdin dies, aged 74

Digital Spy - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
By Chris Homer Gosdin's music earned him the nickname 'The Voice'. He had several number one hits during his career as a solo musician, including 1984's 'I ...
 

Country music stars remember Vern Gosdin's golden voice

The Tennessean - ‎Apr 30, 2009‎
By Peter Cooper • THE TENNESSEAN • April 30, 2009 Vern Gosdin, whose voice ranks with the most expressive instruments in country music history, died Tuesday ...
 

Vern Gosdin, Famed Country Singer, Dies at 74

TransWorldNews (press release) - ‎Apr 29, 2009‎
Vern Gosdin, the famed country music singer whose best known for his hit song "Chiseled in Stone", has died, according to reports Wednesday. He was 74. ...