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Vern Gosdin Bio, Death and Songs

Vern Gosdin Bio

Vernon Gosdin populary known as Vern Gosdin, was an American country music singer. He was born on August 5, 1934 in Woodland, Ala. He was the sixth child in a family of nine.

Vern Gosdin began singing in Bethel East Baptist Church in Woodland, Alabama, where his mother played piano. Gosdin and two brothers sang gospel on Birmingham radio station WVOK. Gosdin later moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he operated the D&G Tap. He idolized The Louvin Brothers and The Blue Sky Boys as a young man.

As a teenager, his family hosted The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on a radio station in Birmingham, Ala. Vern and Rex Gosdin moved to the Los Angeles area in 1961 and began performing in a bluegrass group, the Golden State Boys. The band evolved into another bluegrass group, the Hillmen, featuring Chris Hillman, who later became a founding member of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band. With the demise of the Hillmen, the Gosdin Brothers scored one country hit, “Hangin’ On,” which peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard chart in 1967. Rex Gosdin died in 1983.

In the early ’70s, Vern Gosdin moved to Atlanta, where he ran a retail store, but he continued to perform in area clubs. Emmylou Harris, who knew him from their days in California, teamed with Gosdin to record a demo single featuring two songs — a remake of “Hangin’ On” and a new one, “Yesterday’s Gone.” The demo resulted in Gosdin’s contract with Elektra Records. “Yesterday’s Gone” became his first single for the label and reached No. 9 on the country chart in 1977.

During the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gosdin charted other Top 10 singles for the Elektra, Ovation and AMI labels before scoring his first No. 1 hit in 1984 with “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight),” written by Sandy Pinkard and Rob Strandlund. After moving to Columbia Records in the late ’80s, he quickly scored a series of Top 10 singles with songs he co-wrote, including “Do You Believe Me Now,” “Chiseled in Stone,” “Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time” and “That Just About Does It.” His recordings of two other original songs from that era — “Set’ Em Up Joe” and “I’m Still Crazy” reached No. 1. Gosdin’s last Top 10 singles were released in 1990 — “Right in the Wrong Direction” and “Is It Raining at Your House.”

Vern Gosdin

Vern Gosdin

In 1989, Gosdin and one of his longtime songwriting collaborators, Max D. Barnes, shared a CMA Award for song of the year for “Chiseled in Stone.” George Strait enjoyed a Top 10 hit in 1997 with “Today My World Slipped Away,” a song Gosdin co-wrote with Mark Wright. It had been a Top 10 single for Gosdin in 1982.

Vern Gosdin Death

Gosdin suffered a stroke in early April 2009. He died at a Nashville hospital the evening of April 28, 2009, at the age of 74. His remains were buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Vern Gosdin Songs

  • That Just About Does It
  • Chiseled in Stone
  • Do You Believe Me Now
  • Set ‘Em Up Joe
  • If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong
  • Is It Raining at Your House
  • Today My World Slipped Away
  • This Ain’t My First Rodeo
  • I Can Tell by the Way You Dance
  • Way Down Deep
  • There Ain’t Nothing Wrong
  • I’m Still Crazy
  • Who You Gonna Blame It on This Time
  • Till the End
  • Slow Burnin’ Memory
  • I Wonder Where We’d Be Tonight
  • Right in the Wrong Direction
  • Dream of Me
  • What Would Your Memories Do
  • Jesus Hold My Hand
  • Was It Just the Wine
  • Yesterday’s Gone
  • Hangin’ On
  • If Jesus Comes Tomorrow
  • Mother Country Music
  • Baby That’s Cold
  • It’s Not Over, Yet
  • Tight as Twin Fiddles
  • Time Stood Still
  • Bury Me in a Jukebox
  • Any Old Miracle
  • All I Want and Need Forever

Vern Gosdin Music Video