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Obit: Songwriter/Singer Don Gibson (1928-2003)

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Subject: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 04:39 AM

Story at CNN

Don Gibson was a great singer and writer ~~ he wrote I Can't Stop Loving You, Oh Lonesome Me, Lonesome Number One, and any number of other memorable songs, dead at 75. "A Legend In My Time"

Don Gibson, writer of 'I Can't Stop Loving You,' dies at 75

Dropout also penned 'Sweet Dreams,' 'Oh Lonesome Me'

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) --Don Gibson, an elementary school dropout who wrote and recorded country standards like "I Can't Stop Loving You," has died, his lawyer said. He was 75.

Gibson died Monday at Baptist Hospital, said Richard Frank, who was also a longtime friend of the Grand Ole Opry star.

Gibson's songs used plain language and riveting melodies to communicate strong emotions. He sang in a rich baritone and usually wrote about solitude and sadness involving love, earning him the nickname "the sad poet."

"Simple is the only way I can write," he once said.

Gibson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

Born on April 3, 1928, Gibson was a poor boy from Shelby, North Carolina, who dropped out of school in second grade. But he became a songwriting genius who sold millions of records.

"The only thing I was any good at was music," he said in a 1997 interview.

Between 1958 and the mid-1960s, Gibson's records and his compositions, including "Sweet Dreams" and "Oh Lonesome Me," were hits for himself and many other performers.

"I Can't Stop Loving You" was recorded by more than 700 artists, but Ray Charles had the big pop version in 1962.

Gibson and others helped create the "Nashville Sound" in the 1960s -- clean, uncluttered music that remains an influence today.

Somewhere along the way, the moody, shy kid from a sharecropping family began playing guitar. When a friend came home from Paris after World War II with records by the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, Gibson was captivated, and was experimenting with different styles by his mid-teens.

A friend helped him land a performing job with a Knoxville radio station. But things weren't what Gibson expected: The fans wanted old-time country, not Gibson's brand of crooning.

Gibson hung on to the radio job but struggled on $30 a week earned playing beer joints. One day after a radio show, Gibson started humming a melody and playing with words -- not writing anything down at first, just seeing where the tune would lead.

It was the beginning of a classic -- the haunting "Sweet Dreams," made famous by Patsy Cline in 1963.

On June 7, 1957, he wrote two of country music's greatest songs: "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Oh Lonesome Me."

Gibson was living alone in a trailer outside Knoxville. A repo man had just picked up his vacuum cleaner and television when Gibson started strumming, exploring a swirl of words and melodies.

"When I wrote those two songs, I couldn't have been any closer to the bottom," Gibson once said.

"Oh Lonesome Me" was a hit again in 1990 by the Kentucky Headhunters.

Gibson's own recording fared modestly, but "Sweet Dreams" was a solid success for Faron Young as well as Cline. Gibson quit the beer joints and took up songwriting full time.

"Don's one of the most talented people I've known," the late Chet Atkins once said. Atkins produced Gibson's greatest hits. "I always name him when I talk about the most important people I've recorded."



Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.
Article copy-pasted from the link cited above.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: sed
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 02:38 PM

Thanks, Dale!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Gern
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 02:55 PM

His talent was to write songs so great that it seemed they had always existed; simple tunes and lyrics, memorable melodies. His songs have been remade a million times, by a variety of song stylists from Patsy Cline to Ray Charles to Neil Young -- singers who know good songs when they hear them.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 05:08 PM

It's so sad to hear this news. It seems that we are losing the great performers of the 50's & 60's so quickly of late.
On more star on the Opry stage in Hillbilly Heaven!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,Martin Gibson
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 05:45 PM

Yep, the old Nashville guard is really thinning out.

But if you ever go to Nashville, you can almost feel the ghosts of guys like him haunting the corner of 4th and Broadway.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 07:47 PM

The man was a genius.

"Sea of Heartbreak" may well have been the first 45 I ever bought.

I loved "Sweet Dreams" as sung by Patsy Cline, but the really classic version of the song was the instrumental by Roy Buchanan. I recall seeing him play this live and he extended the song to eight minutes, taking the melody to places Don Gibson had never dreamed of.

Now they are both dead, and I doubt whether either talent will ever be equalled.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Beer
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 10:06 PM

I'm embarrassed to say that I never knew that he wrote "Sweet Dreams".
That one got by me. Thank you Dale for bringing back memories. One of the greatest from the 50's and 60's.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Peace
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 10:37 PM

"Sea of Heartbreak" was the first 'adult' song I ever learned to sing along with. It was the third or fourth I learned the chords for on guitar. Thanks, Don. Sleep well.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 10:48 PM

Hmmmmmmm.... where's the guit-box and banjo?



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Trevor
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 10:55 AM

I remember going to see him at the Town Hall in Birmingham (UK), maybe 25-30 years ago.

Unfortunately there were only a couple of hundred in the audience and the front row was populated by a load of pissed-up blokes who were intent on shouting how much they loved Don, at every opportunity.

Don turned the huge auditorium imto a small, intimate space, smiling through the whole set - a true pro.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 01:27 PM

I was in the Don Gibson Fan Club 40 years ago. I loved the guy. At his best he was a fabulous singer and fantastic songwriting. "A Legend in my Time" is my favourite of his many great composition. I wish I'd have thought of the idea first - and then had the talent to mould it into a classic pop/country ballad. He was , maybe, the key influence on Roy Orbison's development as a songwriter. I'l finish with snatch ftom the aforemention "A Legend in My Time":
          " If heartaches brought fame in love's crazy game
             I'd be a lengend in my time.
            I'f say gave gold statuettes for tears and regrets,
             I'd be a legend in my Time"


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 01:29 PM


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 01:33 PM

I hit the reurn button by mistake. Anyway, the third line that a quoted from " A Legend in My Time should have begun..
         " If they gave gold ......"

At the moment, I'm listening to the Bear Family " A Legend in My Time " compilation - terrific stuff.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: Tam the Bam (Nutter)
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 01:56 PM

Hello my name is Tom Hamilton

I liked Don Gibson, I'm sad to hear that he his dead, he was a legend in his time.

So sad.

Tom Frae Saltcoats


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Nov 03 - 03:45 AM

I'm saddend to hear the news. Wonderful songs, RIP Mr. Gibson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST,marc nemorin
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 10:28 PM

I am a great fan of don gibson and would like to have contacts with whoever would like to contact me re. tis legend.

I live in Australia and work in the legal profession. Any one out there?

Thanks Marc

My email: m.nemorin@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Don Gibson
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Nov 11 - 10:33 PM

Ho Sandy

Any Don Gibson fan club in the UK? I am a great fan and would like to hear from people with similar intersts.

Thanks

Marc

I work in the legal profession in Sydney, Australia

My email: m.nemorin@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Obit: Songwriter/Singer Don Gibson (1928-2003)
From: topical tom
Date: 17 Nov 11 - 03:58 PM

Simply a great country singer-songwriter. I have sung his songs many times. They are truly classic songs of my earlier years. RIP Don. Your songs will live on forever.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Songwriter/Singer Don Gibson (1928-2003)
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 17 Nov 11 - 11:52 PM

Marc

Google Toongabbie Music Club .... we may be able to help you in Sydney regarding Don Gibson

Allen


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