Country Singer Vern Gosdin Dies At 74 (Photos)


Vern Gosdin

Country singer Vern Gosdin has died at age 74, after a 30 year-long career. Read more about the life and death of Vern Gosdin below.

Vern Gosdin had been under hospice care and died late Tuesday at a local hospital.

Gosdin’s administrative assistant, Dawn Hall, said he had a history of strokes and suffered the latest one a few weeks ago.

“We were quite hopeful there for a while because he was showing signs of coming back,” Hall said.

Until earlier this month, she said, “He was independent and telling me what to do.”

Gosdin had released a box set in December and was getting his tour bus ready for his appearance at the Country Music Association’s annual festival in June.

Gosdin’s song “Chiseled in Stone” was voted 1989 song of the year by the CMA. In the song, 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.”

Gosdin was nicknamed “The Voice” and   had several   hits in the 1970s and ’80s including “Set ’em Up Joe,” “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance” and “I’m Still Crazy.”

Many other country stars had good memories of Gosdin.

“He was one hell of a country singer and helped me out a lot on my very first tour,” George Strait said in a statement.

Josh Turner called Gosdin a “singer of sad songs.”

“The news of Vern’s death puts me beyond sad,” Turner said. “He was one of my unofficial vocal coaches. He taught me what ‘country soul music’ was. Country music has lost one of its ambassadors.”

Gosdin sang gospel music, bluegrass, folk-rock and then country. He had a rich deep voice, described by Tammy Wynette as “the only other singer who can hold a candle to George Jones.”

Vern said he used his experiences in life to write his songs.

“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 third marriage in 1989.

Gosdin was born in Alabama, and grew up chopping cotton and singing on the Gosdin family gospel music show.

A public visitation is planned for Saturday at Mount Olivet Funeral Home.

Gosdin is survived by a son. Our condolences to his friends, family, and many fans.

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