• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Vern Gosdin, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 12 October 2006.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Vern Gosdin who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Vern Gosdin
This quote was submitted on Thursday 12 October 2006.

'Gene Watson is truly one of the great voices in country music.

His unique style sets him apart from all others and defines the true meaning of country music and what it stands for in our hearts and lives'.

Thank you, Vern Gosdin, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Vern Gosdin...



Vern Gosdin was born Vernon Gosdin in Woodland, Alabama on Sunday 5 August 1934 and was known affectionately within country music circles as 'The Voice'.

Vern Gosdin idolised The Louvin Brothers (Charlie Louvin: Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011 and Ira Louvin: Monday 21 April 1924 - Sunday 20 June 1965) and The Blue Sky Boys as a young man and sang in a gospel quartet called The Gosdin Brothers.

When Vern Gosdin was in his late teens, his family moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began hosting The Gosdin Family Gospel Show on local radio station WVOK.

In 1961, Vern Gosdin, along with his brother, Rex Gosdin (1938 - Monday 23 May 1983), moved to Long Beach, California and began performing bluegrass music, joining a group called The Golden State Boys, which evolved into The Hillmen, featuring future Byrds' member Chris Hillman.

Vern Gosdin then formed The Gosdin Brothers with his brother Rex and enjoyed a Billboard Top 40 country music hit single in 1967 with 'Hangin' On' on Bakersfield International Records, a track which reached No.37 and was Grammy Award-nominated.

Vern Gosdin and Rex Gosdin (1938 - Monday 23 May 1983) also opened for The Byrds on occasion, and also saw the release of 'Till The End' on Capitol Records.



It was also in 1967 when The Gosdin Brothers were featured on Chris Hillman's former Byrds mate Gene Clark's first solo album, the well-regarded 'Gene Clark with The Gosdin Brothers' (Columbia Records, 1967), singing backing vocals on all of the tracks behind the lead vocals of Gene Clark (Friday 17 November 1944 - Friday 24 May 1991) and the lead guitars of Clarence White (Wednesday 7 June 1944 - Saturday 14 July 1973), Glen Campbell and Bill Rinehart (later of The Merry-Go-Round).

During the 1970s, Vern Gosdin retired from performing and moved to Cartersville, Georgia where he operated a glass company.

 Vern Gosdin: 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977) / re-issued by Collectors' Choice Music in 2008

In 1976, Vern Gosdin signed with Elektra Records and saw the release, in July 1977, of his debut album, 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977), which included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Hangin' On' (written by Ira Allen and Buddy Mize)
(No.16, 1976) / this track featured harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris
'Yesterday's Gone' (written by Wayne Bradford) (No.9, 1977) / this track featured harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris
'Till the End' (written by Vern Gosdin and Cathy Gosdin) (No.7, 1977) / this track featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke
'Mother Country Music' (written by Joe Nixon) (No.17, 1977)
'It Started All Over Again' (written by Jim Lust, Kay Milete and Gary S. 'Flip' Paxton) (No.23, 1978)

Vern Gosdin's debut album, 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977), also included the following tracks:

'The Chokin' Kind', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', which was written by Ewan MacColl (Monday 25 January 1915 - Sunday 22 October 1989)
'Woman (Sensuous Woman)' (written by Gary S. 'Flip' Paxton)
'Answers to My Questions' (Wayne Bradford)
'We Make Beautiful Music Together' (written by Ron Hellard and Gary S. 'Flip' Paxton)

Vern Gosdin's debut album, 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977), reached No.10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.

In 2008, Collectors' Choice Music re-issued Vern Gosdin's debut album, 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977), with an essay from noted author Colin Escott.



In May 1978, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Never My Love' (Elektra Records, 1978), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Never My Love'
(No.9, 1978) / this track featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke
'Break My Mind' (No.13, 1978)

Vern Gosdin's 'Never My Love' (Elektra Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'Catch The Wind'
'Anita, You're Dreaming'
'When I Need You'
'I Sure Can Love You'
'Forget Yesterday'
'Without You, There's a Sadness in My Song'
'Lady She's Right'
'Something's Wrong in California'

Vern Gosdin's 'Never My Love' (Elektra Records, 1978) reached No.24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978.



In April 1979, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'You've Got Somebody' (Elektra Records, 1979), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You've Got Somebody, I've Got Somebody'
(No.16, 1979)
'All I Want & Need Forever' (No.21, 1979)
'Sarah's Eyes' (No.57, 1979)

Vern Gosdin's 'You've Got Somebody' (Elektra Records, 1979) also included the following tracks:

'He Must Be Lovin' You Right
'Rock I'm Leaning On'
'She's Gone'
'Shake Rattle & Roll'
'Took it Like a Man, Cried Like a Baby'
'Till I'm Over Gettin' Over You'
'Fifteen Hundred Times a Day'

Vern Gosdin's 'You've Got Somebody' (Elektra Records, 1979) did not chart on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.



In September 1979, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'The Best of Vern Gosdin' (Elektra Records, 1979), which included the following tracks:

'Hangin' On' (written by Ira Allen and Buddy Mize)
 (No.16, 1976) / this track featured harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris
'Break My Mind' (No.13, 1978)
'It Started All Over Again' (written by Jim Lust, Kay Milete and Gary S. 'Flip' Paxton) (No.23, 1978)
'Till the End' (written by Vern Gosdin and Cathy Gosdin) (No.7, 1977)
'You've Got Somebody, I've Got Somebody' (No.16, 1979)
'Sarah's Eyes' (No.57, 1979)
'Mother Country Music' (written by Joe Nixon) (No.17, 1977)
'Yesterday's Gone' (written by Wayne Bradford) (No.9, 1977) / this track featured harmony vocals from Emmylou Harris
'Never My Love' (No.9, 1978) / this track featured harmony vocals from Janie Fricke
'All I Want & Need Forever' (No.21, 1979)
'Catch The Wind'
'Shake Rattle & Roll'

Vern Gosdin's 'The Best of Vern Gosdin' (Elektra Records, 1979) did not chart on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.

In 1980, following the demise of Elektra Records' country music division, Vern Gosdin quickly moved through several recording contracts and landed with Ovation Records, an independent Nashville-based record label.

In 1981, Vern Gosdin signed with Ovation Records and scored a Billboard Top 10 country music hit single with 'Dream of Me' (written by Jimmy Darrell, Raleigh Squires and Buddy Cannon), which reached No.7.

After Ovation Records closed their doors later in 1981, Vern Gosdin signed with A.M.I. Records, where he scored a Billboard Top 10 hit single in 1982 with 'Today My World Slipped Away'.



Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Must've Been Drunk', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), and included the track on 'A Taste of Yesterday's Wine' (Epic Records, 1982).



In March 1983, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Today My World Slipped Away' (Ami Records, 1983), which included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Too Long Gone'
(No.28, 1981)
'Dream of Me' (written by Jimmy Darrell, Raleigh Squires and Buddy Cannon) (No.7, 1981)
'Don't Ever Leave Me Again' (No.28, 1982)
'Your Bedroom Eyes' (No.22, 1982)
'Today My World Slipped Away' (No.10, 1982)

Vern Gosdin's 'Today My World Slipped Away' (Ami Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'Just Give Me What You Think is Fair'
'Ain't it Been Love' (written by Fred Koller)
'She's Just a Place to Fall' (written by Fred Koller)
'If You Touch Me (you've got to love me)'
'When Love was All We Had to Share'

Vern Gosdin's 'Today My World Slipped Away' (Ami Records, 1983) reached No.30 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983.

It was also in 1983 when Vern Gosdin saw the release of a non-album single, 'Friday Night Feelin', which reached No.49 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

In the 1980s, Vern Gosdin made the Billboard Top 10 consistently and really hit his stride when he teamed with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) as a songwriting collaborator.

Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) specialised in songs of cheating and barroom romance.



In April 1983, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)' (Compleat Records, 1983), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (do me right)', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
(No.5, 1983)
'Way Down Deep', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Max T. Barnes (No.5, 1983)
'I Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight' (written by Vern Gosdin and Jim Sales) (No.10, 1983)

Vern Gosdin's 'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)' (Compleat Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'Tennessee Courage', which was written by Louis Brown, Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
'Today My World Slipped Away'
'I Feel Love Closin' In'
'I Couldn't Love You More'
'My Heart is in Good Hands'
'Favorite Fool of All'
'I'll Try'

Vern Gosdin's 'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)' (Compleat Records, 1983) reached No.17 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983.



In April 1984, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'There is a Season' (Compleat Records, 1984), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Can Tell By The Way You Dance' (written by Sandy Pinkard and Rob Strandlund)
(No.1 for one week in June / July 1984)
'What Would Your Memories Do', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Dean Dillon (No.10, 1984)
'Slow Burnin' Memory', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.10, 1984)

Vern Gosdin's 'There is a Season' (Compleat Records, 1984) also included the following tracks:

'Turn Turn Turn (to everything there is a season)'
'Love Me Right to The End'
'How Can I Believe in You (when you'll be leavin' me)'
'Slow Healing Heart'
'Dead From The Heart on Down'
'Stone Cold Heart'
'I've Got a Heart Full of You'

Vern Gosdin's 'There is a Season' (Compleat Records, 1984) reached No.17 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

In 1984, The Los Angeles Times selected Vern Gosdin's 'There is a Season' (Compleat Records, 1984) as 'Best Country Album of the Year'.

The early 1980s also found a great combination of talent as Vern Gosdin traveled from coast to coast opening shows for George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013).

It was during this time when George Jones' manager, Gerald Murray, of Muscle Shoals, Alabama had the same home office for the two singers.

George Jones
 (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) lived in Muscle Shoals at the time and the duo's office facility became a pivot location for great writers and other entertainers, including Hank Williams Junior.



In September 1984, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'If Jesus Comes Tomorrow' (Compleat Records, 1984), which included the following tracks:

'Jesus, Hold My Hand'
'Other Side of Life'
'I'll Fly Away'
'Jesus, Don't Turn Me Away'
'Jesus, Hold My Hand' (reprise)
'If Jesus Comes Tomorrow (what then)'
'Praying'
'Love Rolled Away The Stone'
'I'm Gonna Be Movin'
'Impossible Mile'
'Toe to Toe with The Devil'



In April 1985, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Time Stood Still' (Compleat Records, 1985), which included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (& Loud, Loud Music)', which was written by Joe Maphis (Thursday 12 May 1921 - Friday 27 June 1986), Rose Lee Maphis and Max Fidler
 (No.20, 1985)
'I Know The Way to You By Heart' (No.35, 1985)
'It's Only Love Again' (No.68, 1986)
'Was It Just The Wine' (No.61, 1986)
'Time Stood Still' (No.51, 1986)

Vern Gosdin's 'Time Stood Still' (Compleat Records, 1985) also included the following tracks:

'For a Minute There'
'Rainbows & Roses'
'Two Lonely Hearts'
'Jesus, Hold My Hand'
'What a Price I've Paid'

Vern Gosdin's 'Time Stood Still' (Compleat Records, 1985) reached No.31 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.



In October 1986, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (Compleat Records, 1986), which included the following tracks:

'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (do me right)', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
 (No.5, 1983)
'I Can Tell By The Way You Dance' (written by Sandy Pinkard and Rob Strandlund) (No.1 for one week in June / July 1984)
'Today My World Slipped Away' (No.10, 1982)
'Way Down Deep', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Max T. Barnes (No.5, 1983)
'Slow Burnin' Memory', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.10, 1984)
'I Know The Way to You By Heart' (No.35, 1985)
'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (& Loud, Loud Music)', which was written by Joe Maphis (Thursday 12 May 1921 - Friday 27 June 1986), Rose Lee Maphis and Max Fidler (No.20, 1985)
'What Would Your Memories Do', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Dean Dillon (No.10, 1984)
'I Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight' (written by Vern Gosdin and Jim Sales) (No.10, 1983)
'Jesus, Hold My Hand'
'It's Only Love Again' (No.68, 1986)
'Was It Just The Wine' (No.61, 1986)
'Time Stood Still' (No.51, 1986)
'Two Lonely Hearts'

Vern Gosdin's 'Greatest Hits' (Compleat Records, 1986) reached No.48 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.

In 1986, Compleat Records folded and Vern Gosdin found himself without a record label.

In 1987, Vern Gosdin was approached by Merle Haggard, but Merle Haggard's friend and sometimes co-writer Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) stepped in and brought Vern Gosdin to the attention of producer Bob Montgomery (Wednesday 12 May 1937 - Thursday 4 December 2014) at Columbia Records, with whom Vern Gosdin signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Columbia Records advanced some money to cut some tracks with Vern Gosdin, the result of which was 'Do You Believe Me Now', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), and reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.

Vern Gosdin's first album for Columbia Records, 'Chiseled in Stone' (Columbia Records, 1988), was released shortly afterwards and Vern achieved a No.1 hit with 'Set 'Em Up Joe', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon (No.1 for one week in July 1988).

The title track of 'Chiseled in Stone' (Columbia Records, 1988), which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in November 1988 and was cited as the 'Song of the Year' by the Country Music Association (CMA) on Monday 9 October 1989.

In February 1987, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Chiseled in Stone' (Columbia Records, 1987), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Do You Believe Me Now', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.4, 1987)
'Set 'em Up Joe', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon) (No.1 for one week in July 1988)
'Chiseled in Stone', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.6, 1988) / this track won the Country Music Association's 'Song of the Year' Award in 1989
'Who You Gonna Blame it on This Time', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Vern Gosdin (No.2, 1989)

Vern Gosdin's 'Chiseled in Stone' (Columbia Records, 1987) also included the following tracks:

'Tight as Twin Fiddles'
'Is it Raining at Your House'
'There Ain't Nothing (just ain't nothing right)'
'It's Not Over Yet'
'Nobody Calls From Vegas Just to Say Hello'
'I Guess I Had Your Leavin' Coming'

Vern Gosdin's 'Chiseled in Stone' (Columbia Records, 1987) reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1987.



In June 1987, Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998) saw the release of her highly acclaimed 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1987), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Your Love' (No.12, 1987)
'Talkin' to Myself Again' (No.16, 1987)
'Beneath a Painted Sky' (No.25, 1988)

Tammy Wynette's 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1987), which was produced by Steve Buckingham, featured extraordinary musicians and guest vocalists.

Guest vocalists on Tammy Wynette's 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1987) included the following:

Ricky Skaggs: background vocals on 'Your Love'
Gene Watson: background vocals on 'Tempted'
Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009): duet vocal on 'Some Things Will Never Change', which was written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
Emmylou Harris: background vocals on 'Beneath a Painted Sky'
Vince Gill: background vocals on 'I Wasn't Meant to Live My Life Alone' (written by Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet)
Larry Gatlin, Steve Gatlin and Rudy Gatlin: background vocals on 'Higher Ground'
The O'Kanes (Kieran Kane & Jamie O'Hara): background vocals on 'Talking to Myself Again' (written by Jamie O'Hara)
Harry Stinson, John Wesley Ryles and Ricky Van Shelton: background vocals on 'A Slow Burning Fire'
Paul Overstreet: background vocals on 'There's No Heart So Strong' (written by Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet)
Rodney Crowell and Jeanne Smith (background vocals on 'All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad')

Musicians who participated in Tammy Wynette's 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1987) recording sessions included the following:

Mark O'Connor: fiddle, mandolin and guitar
Jerry Douglas: dobro
Mark Casstevens: guitar
Steve Gibson: guitar
Steve Buckingham: guitar
Paul Franklin: steel guitar Dobro
Tom Robb: bass
Roy Huskey Junior (Monday 17 December 1956 - Saturday 6 September 1997): upright bass
Eddie Bayers: drums
Randy McCormick: piano
Jay Spell: accordian



Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Would These Arms Be in Your Way', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Red Lane (2 February 1939 - Wednesday 1 July 2015), and included the track on 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (RCA Records, 1988); the track reached No.36 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.



George Strait recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Is it That Time Again' (co-written with Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon) and included the track on 'If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' (MCA Records, 1988).



Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Tennessee Courage', which was co-written with Rex Gosdin (1938 - Monday 23 May 1983) and James Brown, and included the track on 'I Wonder Do You Think of Me' (RCA Records, 1988).



In June 1989, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Alone' (Columbia Records, 1989), a concept album in a traditional country music style, which chronicled the dissolution of Vern Gosdin's marriage, and included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'm Still Crazy' (written by Vern Gosdin, Steve Gosdin and Buddy Cannon) (No.1 for one week in September 1989)
'That Just About Does It', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.4, 1989)
'Right in the Wrong Direction', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Mack Vickery (Wednesday 8 June 1938 - Tuesday 21 December 2004) (No.10, 1990)
'Tanqueray' (No.75, 1990)

Vern Gosdin's 'Alone' (Columbia Records, 1989) also included the following tracks:

'Take Me Home to Alabama'
'Paradise '83'
'Do Me a Favor'
'Alone'
'I'm Only Going Crazy'
'You're Not by Yourself'

Vern Gosdin's 'Alone' (Columbia Records, 1989), which featured Curtis Wright on backing vocals, reached No.11 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.



It was also in 1989 when Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Too Far Gone' (RCA Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:

'Too Far Gone to Find'
'Just Give Me What You Think is Fair'
'I was Afraid of That'
'Lady'
'Don't Ever Leave Me Again'
'Cowboys are Common as Sin'
'It Might Have Been'
'Damn The Fever'
'Only for You'



In June 1990, Vern Gosdin saw the release of '10 Years of Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1990), which included the following tracks, all of which were re-recordings:

'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (do me right)', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.5, 1983)
'Slow Burnin' Memory', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.10, 1984)
'This Ain't My First Rodeo', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.14, 1990)
'Today My World Slipped Away' (No.10, 1982)
'Way Down Deep', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Max T. Barnes (No.5, 1983)
'Is it Raining at Your House', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) (No.10, 1990)
'Friday Night Feelin' (No.49, 1983)
'Till The End' (written by Vern Gosdin and Cathy Gosdin) (No.7, 1977)
'I Can Tell By The Way You Dance' (written by Sandy Pinkard and Rob Strandlund) (No.1 for one week in June / July 1984)
'Time Stood Still' (No.51, 1986)
'Was It Just The Wine' (No.61, 1986)

Vern Gosdin's '10 Years of Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1990) reached No.21 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1990.



On Friday 31 August 1990, Randy Travis saw the release of 'Heroes & Friends' (Warner Bros. Nashville Records, 1990); the album included Tim Menzies' 'The Human Race' (co-written with Jimmy Philips and Gene Dobbins), which featured guest vocals from Vern Gosdin.



In May 1991, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Out of My Heart' (Columbia Records, 1991), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'I Knew My Day Would Come' (No.64, 1991)
'The Garden' (No.51, 1991)
'A Month of Sundays' (No.54, 1991)

Vern Gosdin's 'Out of My Heart' (Columbia Records, 1991) also included the following tracks:

'Love will Keep Your Heart on The Wheel'
'Out of My Heart'
'Bridge I'm Still Building On'
'Once & For All'
'This Song Wrote Itself'
'You've Never Been in Love with You'
'I'd Better Write It Down'

Vern Gosdin's 'Out of My Heart' (Columbia Records, 1991) reached No.41 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1991.



Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) & Willie Nelson recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Two Old Sidewinders', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Clean Shirt' (Epic Records, 1991).



In 1992, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Rough Around The Edges' (RCA Records, 1992), which included the following tracks:

'Loving You is Music to My Mind'
'I Wish I Had Something'
'When Love was All We Had to Share'
'It's Beginning to Look Like The End'
'Rough Around The Edges'
'We're Makin' Up For Lost Time'
'Rustin' Down'
'Singer of Sad Songs'



In March 1993, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Nickels & Dimes & Love' (Columbia Records, 1993), which included one track which was a hit single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Back When' (No.67, 1993)

Vern Gosdin's 'Nickels & Dimes & Love' (Columbia Records, 1993) also included the following tracks:

'Nickels & Dimes & Love'
'Where The Tall Glass Grows'
'Bury Me in a Jukebox'
'Any Old Miracle'
'I Like My Country Music Kinda Rock'
'Two Good People with a Love Gone Bad'
'What Are We Gonna Do About Me'
'Gone in a Heartbeat'
'Better Time to Say Goodbye'



In August 1993, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Super Hits' (Columbia Records, 1993), which included the following tracks:

'Set 'em Up Joe', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon)(No.1 for one week in July 1988)
'Chiseled in Stone', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.6, 1988)
'Do You Believe Me Now', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.4, 1987)
'That Just About Does It', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.4, 1989)
'This Ain't My First Rodeo', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.14, 1990)
'Tanqueray' (No.75, 1990)
'I'm Still Crazy' (written by Vern Gosdin, Steve Gosdin and Buddy Cannon) (No.1 for one week in September 1989)
'Who You Gonna Blame it on This Time', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Vern Gosdin (No.2, 1989)
'Right in the Wrong Direction', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Mack Vickery (Wednesday 8 June 1938 - Tuesday 21 December 2004) (No.10, 1990)
'Is it Raining at Your House', which was written by Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) (No.10, 1990)



Tracy Byrd recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Back in the Swing of Things' (co-written with Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon) and included the track on 'Tracy Byrd' (MCA Records, 1993).



Benny Berry recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Heart Don't Start Stopping on Me Now', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'When The Trains Still Ran Through Dixie' (Hawk Records, 1993).



Benny Berry recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Put Me in Your Pocket', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'When The Trains Still Ran Through Dixie' (Hawk Records, 1993).



In April 1995, Vern Gosdin saw the release of 'Set 'em Up' (Sony Music, 1995), which included the following tracks:

'Set 'em Up Joe', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon and Buddy Cannon(No.1 for one week in July 1988)
'Tanqueray' (No.75, 1990)
'I'd Better Write It Down'
'It's Not Over Yet'
'The Garden' (No.51, 1991)
'Once & For All'
'Take Me Home to Alabama'
'Who You Gonna Blame it on This Time', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Vern Gosdin (No.2, 1989)
'I Knew My Day Would Come' (No.64, 1991)
'That Just About Does It', which was written by Vern Gosdin and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.4, 1989)



Jacob Lyda recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Walkin' in My Tracks', which was co-written with Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dennis Knutson, and included the track on 'Here We Go Again' (Bob Grady Records, 1995).



George Strait recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Today My World Slipped Away' (co-written with Mark Wright) and included the track on 'Carrying Your Love with Me' (MCA Records, 1997); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in November 1997.



Brad Paisley recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Is it Raining at Your House', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Dean Dillon, and included the track on 'Mud on the Tires' (Arista Nashville, 2003).



George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Vern Gosdin's 'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (do it right)', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), and included the track on 'Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't' (Bandit Records, 2005), an album produced by Keith Stegall.

In 2007, Vern Gosdin's manager, Dr. Gerald Murray of Muscle Shoals, Alabama wrote 'True Life Stories About 'The Voice'; the book told of the life and times the two had together and about some of the many people in Vern Gosdin's life.

Dr. Gerard Murray was a part of Vern Gosdin's life for some thirty years and referred to Vern Gosdin as a father, brother and friend.



In August 2008, Vern Gosdin saw the release of '40 Years of The Voice' (VGM Records, 2008), a four-CD career retrospective.

Vern Gosdin's '40 Years of The Voice' (VGM Records, 2008) featured one-hundred-and-one songs, including fourteen previously unreleased tracks, which were recorded thirty-five years previously; the collection also offered eleven newly recorded songs.

Vern Gosdin's '40 Years of The Voice' (VGM Records, 2008), a four-CD career retrospective box set, which was released on VGM Records, featured one-hundred-and-one songs, included the following tracks:

Disc 1 (26 tracks)
'I Fell off of The Wagon'
'I'll Try'
'Someone I Can Turn To'
'The Sounds of Goodbye'
'Any Old Miracle'
'Tennessee Courage'
'The Last to Know'
'Oh, Me, Oh My'
'Favorite Fool of All'
'Louisiana Man'
'Today My World Slipped Away'
'A Hangin On'
'Baby That's Cold'
'I Feel Love Closin' In'
'Your Strange Love'
'I Couldn't Love You More'
'The Sweeter The Lips'
'My Love Keeps Reachin' Out for You'
'To Die No More'
'Love is Underneath for Us to Find'
'Living in The Jungle'
'Just Enough to Keep Me Lovin' You'
'Bowling Green'
'Try & Catch The Wind'
'Rodeo Princess'
'Nobody's Done That Yet'

Disc 2 (24 tracks)
'Chiseled in Stone'
'Wonder Where We'd be Tonight'
'I Can Tell by the Way You Dance'
'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong'
'I'll Fly Away'
'If Jesus Comes Tomorrow'
'The Number'
'Slow Healing Heart'
'Who I Came Here to Forget'
'Stone Cold Heart'
'I've Got a Heart Full of You'
'Praying'
'Dead from The Heart on Down'
'Rainbows & Roses'
'What a Price I've Paid'
'Chip off The Chip off The Old Block'
'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Loud, Loud Music'
'We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds'
'Back in The Swing of Things'
'For a Minute There'
'I Know What It's Like'
'Toe to Toe with The Devil'
'Right in The Wrong Direction'
'A Better Time to Say Goodbye'

Disc 3 (26 tracks)
'All The Way Thru'
'Alone'
'Dream of Me'
'Fire in Our Bedroom'
'Friday Night Feeling'
'How Can I Believe in You'
'The Other Side of Life'
'Maybe Then I'll be Over You'
'This Ain't My First Rodeo'
'The Wettest Dry County'
'Three or Four Times a Day'
'Let's Don't & Say We Did'
'Was It Just The Wine'
'Do You Believe Me Now'
'Way Down Deep'
'What I Threw Away'
'Set'em Up Joe'
'Where Do We Take it From Here'
'Would These Arms be in Your Way'
'Wings of Faith'
'Dixie's on My Mind'
'Streets of Gold'
'Heartbreak Hall of Pain'
'That Just About Does It'
'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'
'I'm Still Crazy'

Disc 4 (25 tracks)
'I'll Understand'
'I'm Gonna be Movin'
'I'm Where a Memory Can Die'
'Impossible Mile'
'Is it Raining at Your House'
'Turn, Turn, Turn'
'24kt Heartache'
'Love Rolled Away The Stone'
'Running Out of Reasons to Leave'
'Sarah's Eyes'
'Slow Burning Memory'
'The Biggest Little Arms'
'It's All Coming Back to Me Now'
'A Picture of Me'
'Jesus, Hold My Hand'
'Likes of Jesus Lovin' Me'
'What's a Country Comin' To'
'That Ole Silver Tone'
'Let's Get Down to Business'
'Monteagle'
'Santa's Driving a Chevrolet This Year'
'Rockabye Katie'
'Joy to The World'
'Coldest Bedroom'
'This Song Wrote Itself'

Melonie Cannon: 'And The Wheels Turn' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2008)

Melonie Cannon recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Set 'Em Up, Joe', which was co-written with Buddy CannonHank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Dean Dillon, and included the track on 'And The Wheels Turn' (Rural Rhythm Records, 2008).



Daryle Singletary recorded Vern Gosdin's 'How Can I Believe in You (when you'll be leaving me)' (co-written with Buddy Cannon) and included the track on 'Rockin' in The Country' (E1 Music Records, 2009).

Vern Gosdin continued writing and singing up until Tuesday 28 April 2009, despite his battle and recovery from his first stroke in 1998.

Vern Gosdin, who suffered a stroke in early April 2009, and was known affectionately within country music circles as 'The Voice', passed away at a Nashville hospital on the evening of Tuesday 28 April 2009, at the age of seventy-four.



Jamey Johnson recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Set 'Em Up Joe', which was co-written with Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), Buddy Cannon and Dean Dillon, and included the track on 'The Guitar Song' (Mercury Records, 2010).



Willie Nelson recorded Vern Gosdin's 'That Just About Does It', which was co-written with Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004), and included the track on 'Remember Me, Volume 1' (R&J Records, 2011).



Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Till The End' (co-written with Cathy Gosdin) and included the track on 'Your Money & My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011).



Lorrie Morgan recorded Vern Gosdin's 'Is it Raining at Your House', which was co-written with Dean Dillon and Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010), and included the track on 'Letting Go...Slow' (Shanachie Entertainment Records, 2016).

Vern Gosdin Singles Discography
'Today My World Slipped Away' (No.10, 1981)
'If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (do it right)' (No,5, 1983)
'Way Down Deep' (No.5, 1983)
'I Wonder Where We'd Be Tonight' (No.10, 1983)
'I Can Tell By The Way You Dance (you're gonna love me tonight') (No.1 for one week in late June / early July, 1984)
'What Would Your Memories Do' (No.10, 1984)
'Slow Burning Memory' (No.10, 1984)
'Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (and Loud, Loud Music)' (No.20, 1985)
'I Know The Way to You by Heart' (No.35, 1985)
'Time Stood Still' (No.51, 1986)
'Do You Believe Me Now' (No.4, 1987)
'Set 'Em Up Joe' (No.1 for one week in July 1988)
'Chiseled in Stone' (No.6, 1988)
'Who You Gonna Blame it on This Time' (No.2, 1989)
'I'm Still Crazy' (No.1 for one week in September 1989)
'That Just About Does It' (No.4, 1989)
'Right in the Wrong Direction' (No.10, 1990)



Vern Gosdin
Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009

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