Charlie Louvin battles pancreatic cancer

The Louvin Brothers’ 1956  “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby”

By Bruce Sylvester

Charlie Louvin, 83-year-old surviving member of the Louvin Brothers, is following alternative treatment for second-stage pancreatic cancer after traditional methods proved unsuccessful, according to a report from www.countrymusicclassics.com.

            In the 1950s, Alabama-born Charlie and Ira Louvin embodied country music’s tradition of harmonizing brother duets on such hits as “When I Stop Dreaming” and “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby.”  The cover they created for their 1959 LP “Satan Is Real” is considered a classic today.   After they disbanded, Charlie’s solo hits included “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “See The Big Man Cry.”   In recent years, much younger alt/Americana acts Detroit Cobras and Lucinda Williams have hired him to tour with him.   His CD of war songs, “The Battle Rages On,” is due out next week.

About Bruce Sylvester

Bruce Sylvester is a regular contributor to Goldmine magazine.

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