Posts Tagged ‘Louvin Brothers’

Charlie Louvin

January 25, 2010

Charlie Louvin was still touring as of last spring. Read this interview by Wade Tatangelo in the St. Petersburg (FL) Times.


Country Hits of 1955-1957

November 6, 2009

Below are the top country hits for the years 1955-1957. If you click on years, you will be taken to a YouTube playlist of the hits for that year. Some of the videos are fan tributes (song plays while photos of artist are shown) and some are from television performance from that era.


  1. Loose Talk – Carl Smith
  2. Let Me Go, Lover – Hank Snow
  3. In the Jailhouse Now – Webb Pierce
  4. Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young – Faron Young
  5. A Satisfied Mind – Porter Wagoner
  6. I Don’t Care – Webb Pierce
  7. The Cattle Call – Eddy Arnold
  8. Love, Love, Love – Webb Pierce
  9. That Do Make It Nice – Eddy Arnold
  10. Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford


  1. Why Baby Why – Red Sovine and Webb Pierce
  2. I Forgot to Remember to Forget – Elvis Presley
  3. Heartbreak Hotel – Elvis Presley
  4. I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby – Louvin Brothers
  5. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
  6. Crazy Arms – Ray Price
  7. I  Want You, I Need, I Love You – Elvis Presley
  8. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  9. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
  10. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
  11. Singing the Blues – Marty Robbins


  1. Young Love – Sonny James
  2. There You Go – Johnny Cash
  3. Gone – Ferlin Husky
  4. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
  5. White Sport Coast (And a Pink Carnation) – Marty Robbins
  6. Honky Tonk Song – Webb Pierce
  7. Four Walls – Jim Reeves
  8. Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
  9. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley
  10. Whole Lotta Shakin’ – Jerry Lee Lewis
  11. Fraulein – Bobby Helms
  12. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You – Ray Price
  13. Wake Up Little Susie – Everly Brothers
  14. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
  15. My Special Angel – Bobby Helms

That High Lonesome Voice

September 18, 2008

The country brother duos like the Everly Brothers and their predecessors are often described as having a “high lonesome voice.” Wayne Erbsen, in Origins & History of Bluegrass Article-Native Ground Music, makes the case that this vocal style is related to the Scots-Irish (or Scotch-Irish, as my mountain relatives always say) way of singing the old ballads, most notable among the women. Bill and Charlie Monroe of the Monroe Brothers, and later of Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, sang in the tight vocal style of their Scotch-Irish ancestors. The same vocal style can be heard among many of the other country brother duets of the 1930s, such as the Delmore Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys, as well as in later duos like the Louvin Brothers and Everly Brothers.

Bloggin fae the ‘Burn: The Louvin Brothers and brother duets

September 16, 2008

Mark Thompson has some great videos of the Louvin Brothers here: Bloggin fae the ‘Burn: The Louvin Brothers and brother duets.

Music History as a Subway Map

August 20, 2008

Here‘s the history of 20th century depicted as a map of the London Underground. Be sure to click on the link to the PDF to see the actual map You can also order a t-shirt, though when I tried, the server seemed to be down.

I found it very interesting to locate groups like the Everly Brothers and the Louvin Brothers on the map. Both groups show up on the line designated as “Blues and Country” (an odd conflation in and of itself). The Louvin Brothers seem to be situated on the more “country” end of the line. The opposing end includes Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and others from the early days of rock and roll. The Everly Brothers are placed (without their own station–I guess you just have to jump out when you get there) between these two camps, between country and rock and roll. They are inside the Circle Line, which the author describes as pop music. All lines intersect with the Circle Line and all music in the twentieth century intersects with pop. The Everly Brothers sit right in the middle.

Honestly, I started out searching the edges for the Everly Brothers. I assumed that was the place that they would appear, if at all. Their role in shaping the sounds of rock and roll and its successors seems obvious to me, but I recognize that the standard orthodoxy does not necessarily admit groups like them.

Do your favorite groups/artists/composers show up where you would expect them?