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.