Lonesome Onry and Mean: R.I.P. Vern Gosdin
|Foreground: Faron Young (leaning on piano), Tammy Wynette (at piano). Back row (l-r): Unidentified man, Hank Thompson, George Jones, Vern Gosdin, Marty Robbins|
"Don't you think you should've called To tell me you were coming down Oh, you look so out of place On this troubled side of town" - Vern Gosdin, "Do You Believe Me Now"Lonesome Onry and Mean has been lax in his duties, not reporting that one of the greatest country singers of all time passed away April 28. The fact that Vern Gosdin was known simply as The Voice in a town filled with singers says about all there is to say about one of the few singers who could hang with George Jones come hell or high water. Gosdin, who passed away at 74 due to complications of a stroke he'd suffered several weeks earlier, spent his entire life in music. He achieved some small success in Los Angeles, where he played in one of Chris Hillman's early bands, the Hillmen. But after a move to Atlanta and brief stint as the owner of a glass business, Emmylou Harris reconnected with Gosdin; two demo duets with her brought him to Nashville's attention and he signed with Elektra Records. "Hangin' On" and "Yesterday's Gone" were his first charting singles. For LOM, the name Vern Gosdin will always recall his monster honky-tonk hit "Set 'Em Up, Joe" with the classic barroom line with its reference to the Ernest Tubb classic, "Set 'em up, Joe, and play 'Walkin' The Floor.'"