Early this rainy morning, we lost another of our great country singers: Charlie Louvin.
Charlie had a moderately successful career as a solo singer (and with sometime duet partner Melba Montgomery) after splitting with his brother Ira in 1963; Ira died in a car crash in 1965. They originally performed all gospel material, but eventually switched to country, and are still regarded as the greatest of all country’s “brother acts”.
I still prefer the songs he and Ira recorded together, in part because my daddy and I used to sing them together.
Our favorite was a sentimental one called “I Love You the Best of All” ( a number 12 hit in 1961, the year I was born), but we were partial to this one too. 🙂
May you rest well, Charlie. You’re up there with the rest of the greats now–and singing with Ira again.