Charlie Louvin 1927-2011

Our condolences go out to the family of Charlie Louvin who lost a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer last night.

Born Charles Elzer Loudermilk, Charlie began singing professionally with his brother Ira as a teenager on local radio in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They sang traditional and gospel music in the harmony style they had learned while performing in their church’s choir. Charlie and Ira became Grand Ole Opry members in 1955 and were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

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18 comments to Charlie Louvin 1927-2011

  • Jeff Hopson

    Charlie was an amazing individual.. he will be deeply missed. We share the same birthday. RIP Charlie.

  • Michael Green

    A GREAT who left a huge mark in the history of country music. Too bad the current Opry management had no use for him.

  • Honkytonkitis

    Today, Country music has lost a true Icon. Thanks for the music Charlie. See you in heaven.

  • Irish Bernadette

    I was honored when Mr Louvin asked me
    to sing Danny Boy at his 61st wedding Anniversary
    at the Midnight Jamboree in 2010.

  • Charlie was my mentor, co-writer and most of all, a friend.
    Charlie, I will catch you somewhere down the road!
    RIP my friend…

  • wally owlclaws

    We lost a great legend in music but our loss is heavens gain Charlie and Ira are together again. Thanks for all the great songs

  • Thanks to Warren Hellman, I was so very fortunate to see Charlie perform at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco, CA a couple of years ago.

    We’re losing all our great ones! God Bless Charlie Louvin.

  • Mercy Mandolin

    I was raised on the kind of harmony vocals the Louvin Brothers created, my father sang Charlie’s part while his brother Bud sang Ira’s part. Later I learned to sing my fathers part, while a cousin sang Uncle Bud’s part. What these two valuable people, the Louvin Brothers, created goes on and on…thanks Charlie, may we always “Stand and use the weapon of prayer!”

  • I first met Charlie through Jesse McReynolds (they served in Korea together) at the Grand Ole Opry in the 1990’s.

    I’d heard The Louvin Brothers my whole life, and knew their Major Influence, incredible songwriting and harmonies, and-yes their troubled partnership. BUT…They wound up where they should have…in THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME, and Charlie lived to enjoy it.

    Charlie got me a Grammy Ticket in 2008 (he was up for Folk Album but didn’t win)…and we spent some time together in Los Angeles and again in Memphis, TN at the Folk Alliance.

    So, from “One Alabama Boy to Another”, Rest in Peace,Charlie- (I can hear you and Ira now, somewhere off in the distance).. Condolences to his immediate family, and all of his extended “country music” family.

    Sincerely, Randy Campbell – Tucson, AZ

  • lenny polizzi

    I was fortunate enough to hear and see charlie perform with his band and share the stage with Lucinda Williams, it was magic. Thanks Charlie

  • I am so grateful for the chance to have met Charlie in Monroe Ohio back some years ago. I appreciate his music and the legendary career he and his brother Ira had. He will never be forgotten – nor his influence on Bluegrass music. Heaven has a better choir tonite.

    Gracie Muldoon

  • We grew up here in New Zealand listening to the LPs of The Louvin Brothers, one song they recorded of The Three Tobacco Tags, was “I love you best of all”, and it became one of our favourite songs.
    We just loved their harmonies, and their true Country Music.
    May both Ira and Charlie rest in peace. They left a real legacy.
    Rex and Noelene Franklin.

  • We grew up listening to Ira and Charlie, bought their LPs, we just loved their harmonies.
    May they both rest in peace.
    Rex and Noelene Franklin, New Zealand.

  • Jeff Barry

    I first heard the Louvin Bros. perform in Toronto in 1956. I loved their wonderful harmonies. I later became a good friend of Charlie’s. He was such an interesting person who shared his love of music and his personal musical history with me. He made arrangements for me to sing with his band on the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in 2002. What an honor. I was critically injured in an auto accident in 2003 and Charlie flew to Canada to perform at a benefit for me. Again I was so honored. Last October we drove to Bell Buckle TN to attend a benefit for Charlie. What a thrill it was for me to perform in his honor. I want the Louvin family to know that Charlie will be missed but never forgotten. Condolences to all his family, friends and fans.

  • most people know the Louvin Bros were the stuff for those who don’t it never too late

  • Rocky Don & Daphne Hall (New Zealand)

    Our Sincere Condolences go to all the family of Charlie Louvin on his passing to that great resting place from pain. We have over many years enjoyed playing, and listening to the songs of the Louvin bros (Charlie & Ira) one song we loved was “When I stopped dreaming” Thank you Charlie for the Memories.

  • Charlie Louvin was a great singer-great person-He and Ira were the best when it comes to harmony-They can never be replaced.
    We were in Nashville doing a project (my arm was in a cast). He autographed my cast-I put it away in a safe place, because I was honored to have his name on my cast. Very special person.

  • I loved Charlie Louvin, He recorded a song I wrote about my Grandpa called I wanna Die Young at a very Old age, and san it on the opry, what a thrill, My wife and I went out to his and his wife Betty’s house last November and recorded his last interview, you can see an excerp from it on . He talks about his brother and a song they wrote together called “I see a bridge” what a blessing it was to have known Charlie
    Dak Alley

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