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 Net Worth

Vern Gosdin’s net worth in 2018 is estimated to be approximately $430681378 according to the users of vipfaq. The estimated net worth includes stocks, properties, and luxury goods such as yachts and private airplanes.

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 News

Country music singer-songwriter Vern Gosdin dies

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.

FOR THE RECORD: An obituary in Wednesday’s A section said the country musicsinger-songwriter was 70 when he died. Gosdin was 74.

Gosdin died late Tuesday at a Nashville hospital, according to Michael Illobre, funeral director at Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Nashville. The singer reportedly had suffered a stroke a few weeks ago.

Specializing in straight-ahead, traditional country music, Gosdin spent decades making music. His hits included “Set ’em Up Joe,” “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance,” “I’m Still Crazy,” “That Just About Does It,” “Who You Gonna Blame It on This Time,” “Way Down Deep,” “Dream of Me” and “Yesterday’s Gone,” a duet with Emmylou Harris.

In “Chiseled in Stone,” an older man tells a younger man who is going through tough times, “You don’t know about sadness ’til you faced life alone, you don’t know about lonely ’til it’s chiseled in stone.”

During his career, Gosdin sang gospel music, bluegrass, folk-rock and country. He had a rich baritone, and once was described by Tammy Wynette as “the only other singer who can hold a candle to George Jones.”

Known as “The Voice,” Gosdin once said he used life experiences in his music. “Out of everything bad, something good will come if you look hard enough — and I got 10 hits out of my last divorce,” he said after the breakup of his second marriage in 1989.

Gosdin wrote or co-wrote many of his recordings. In the late 1960s, he also wrote “Someone to Turn To,” which was recorded by the Byrds for the soundtrack of the movie “Easy Rider.”

Gosdin was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Woodland, Ala., one of nine children who grew up on a farm. He learned to play guitar and sang on the Gosdin family gospel music radio show in Birmingham, Ala.

He moved with his brother Rex to Southern California in 1961. While working as a welder in Long Beach, Vern Gosdin joined his brother and banjo player Don Parmley in a bluegrass group called the Golden State Boys. When Chris Hillman joined the band, they renamed themselves the Hillmen. Hillman later left to form the seminal folk-rock band the Byrds, and the true-to-country Gosdin Brothers appeared as an opening act on tour.

The Gosdin Brothers had a minor country hit with “Hangin’ On,” but broke up in the late 1960s. Gosdin moved to Atlanta and opened a glass and mirror business, but he returned to music in the mid-1970s.

His survivors include a son.


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 Albums

  • 1977 Till the End
  • 1977 Till the End
  • 1978 Never My Love
  • 1979 You’ve Got Somebody
  • 1983 Today My World Slipped Away
  • 1983 If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)
  • 1984 Too Far Gone
  • 1984 There Is a Season
  • 1984 If Jesus Comes Tomorrow
  • 1985 Time Stood Still
  • 1988 Chiseled in Stone
  • 1989 Rough Around the Edges
  • 1989 Alone
  • 1991 Out of My Heart
  • 1993 Nickels & Dimes & Love
  • 1995 The Gospel Album
  • 1995 Set ‘Em Up
  • 1997 Silver Eagle Cross Country Presents Live: Vern Gosdin
  • 1997 24 Karat Heartache
  • 2004 Back in the Swing of Things

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