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.

After Compleat Records went bankrupt, Gosdin signed with Columbia in 1987. He had success right off the bat with "Do You Believe me Now" and "Chiseled in Stone". The latter was voted the 1989 CMA Song of the Year.

Chart Songs as a Songwriter


Song Title Recording Artist Chart* Year
I'm Still Crazy Vern Gosdin 1 1989
Set 'Em Up Joe Vern Gosdin 1 1988
Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time Vern Gosdin 2 1989
Today My World Slipped Away George Strait 3 1998
Do You Believe Me Now Vern Gosdin 4 1987
That Just About Does It Vern Gosdin 4 1990
If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right) Vern Gosdin 5 1983
Chisled In Stone Vern Gosdin 6 1988
Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight Vern Gosdin 10 1983
Slow Burning Memory Vern Gosdin 10 1984
Is It Raining At Your House Vern Gosdin 10 1990
Right In The Wrong Direction Vern Gosdin 10 1990

*Chart position is based on Billboard Magazine Pop, Country, R&B, & A/C Charts. Other music industry charts may have shown higher chart positions.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 


 

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

Vern and Rex GosdinspacerIn 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.

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.

Source: Personal Web Site: http://thevoiceofcountrymusic.com/

MySpace:  http://www.myspace.com/vernthevoicegosdin

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Vern-Gosdin/dp/B00000DAMQ

Listen: http://www.amazon.com/Vern-Gosdin/e/B000APVN92

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vern_Gosdin

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