Country Music Hall of Famer, Charlie Louvin, passed away yesterday at the age of 83 of pancreatic cancer.
While you may not recognize his name or that of his brother, Ira, as the Louvin Brothers, they brought close harmony into the mainstream in 1950s, subsequently influencing groups like The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys and Gram Parsons/The Byrds. These groups, of course, have been sited influences to modern harmonic groups like Boyz 2 Men, The Backstreet Boys, Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters (one of my new favorites — but that’s another post). As a pioneer of harmony, Charlie Louvin stands as one of those who quietly make a lasting impact on music. While he and his brother may have been largely forgotten by the larger music industry, their impact is deep and lasting.
My professed love of harmony is well documented here, and I still love it so. So, thank you Charlie Louvin. Thank you for your talent and your influence on generations of musicians and singers. The thread of harmony through generations…
If I Could Only Win Your Love, The Louvin Brothers
All I Have to Do is Dream/Cathy’s Clown, The Everly Brothers
Don’t Worry Baby, The Beach Boys
Turn, Turn, Turn, The Byrds (Gram Parsons)
I Want it That Way, The BackStreet Boys
Have You Ever, Brandi Carlile
Tennessee Me, The Secret Sisters