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The Last Vern Gosdin Giveaway

Winners announced: Dylan and Janice May, I’ll be contacting both of you for shipping addresses. The giveaway is over, but you’re welcome to keep commenting with thoughts about Vern.

You might recall that I have a bit of a history of giving away copies of a certain Vern Gosdin hits collection. Well, the legend passed away early this morning, so I’m going to do it one last time to mark the day. I came to Vern Gosdin rather late in his career – he had already suffered multiple strokes and all but stopped recording – but his voice left an immediate impression on me. I feel better for having heard it. The best of his work is right up there with Hank, Merle, and George on country’s Mount Rushmore for me. He will be sorely missed.

A couple of obituaries are already up at The Tennessean and CMT.
Edit: The 9513 just posted a wonderful article by the encyclopedic and remarkably speedy Paul W. Dennis.

Whether you’re a Vern fan or someone new to his music, drop a comment below for a chance to win one of two (2) copies of Vern Gosdin’s Super Hits. If you already have the hits but want to comment anyway, just mention that you don’t need to be entered in the drawing. Don’t be shy about commenting if you don’t know much about Vern. His legacy is his music and spreading it around is the whole point of this giveaway. An RIP will do just fine.

Here’s to you, Vern. Thanks for the music and may you rest in peace.


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About C.M. Wilcox

A freelance writer and humorist with an abiding love of country music, C.M. Wilcox's cutting, clear-eyed take on the genre has drawn the attention of Country Weekly, The Washington Post, and The Tennessean in the years since this site began. He lives near Sacramento and can be reached by email at CMW (at) countrycalifornia.com.

Things People Are Saying

  1. I don’t know much about Vern, but I looked him up after I read about his death. Man, that guy could sing.

  2. Vern was a wonderful singer who was also a really good songwriter in the best country heartbreak style. (You don’t need to enter me in the giveaway, btw.)

  3. “The Voice” was certainly a fitting nickname for him.

  4. plain_jo says:

    I was introduced to Vern Gosdin by a friend of mine, what a great voice. One of my favs is “Toe to toe with the Devil”

  5. I don’t need the CD, since I’ve already taken advantage of the great 100 songs collection that you alerted us to last summer, but RIP Vern. The Voice is a much more fitting nickname for him than Mr. LeVox.

  6. I am new to his music but I can tell that he is one of the country greats.

  7. I don’t need to be entered but RIP to one of the underappreciated greats.

  8. Sorry ot hear about Vern yesterday. I also have his 100 Song set, so I don’t need to be entered. It’s safe to say that today raining at my house.

  9. I don’t need to be entered in the drawing, either, but just wanted to pay my respects. RIP, Vern.

  10. Sabrina5000 says:

    What a sad day in country music. One of country’s finest has gone home. He will always be renembered in the wonderful music he left us. I especially loved the song “Set em up Joe”, Break My Mind, So many wonderful songs.

  11. I’ve loved discovering Vern through the 40 Years of the Voice collection, although I’d love to hear what some of these songs sounded like in their original, not re-recorded incarnations. It’s pretty clear he was the man.

  12. I been a long time fan of his music I wish more of his music was available

  13. JANICE MAY says:

    IVE BEEN A FAN OF VERN’S SINCE THE LATE 70′S WHEN I HEARD HIM SING “TILL THE END” AND “YESTERDAY’S GONE”…..AND I’M SO VERY SADDENED BY HIS PASSING,BUT WE CANNOT QUESTION THESE THINGS.I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SEE A PERFORMANCE OF HIS 5 OR 6 YEARS AGO AT A LITTLE PLACE CALLED “THE MUSIC BARN” IN HAZEL GREEN (LICK SKILLET) ALABAMA….HE WAS WONDERFUL ,, HE WILL BE SO MISSED BY HIS FANS AS WELL AS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS… SO LONG, VERN… REST IN PEACE… SINCERELY, JANICE MAY

  14. Mary Russell says:

    I have several of Verns tapes and there was never in my life time a better singer than this man!! He was #1 in my ideas of country music. So down to earth,just very easy going. I have also been thru a major stroke w/my husband the last 6 mo. and its a very cruel way to have to live. I had no idea it had happened to Vern also. GOD BLESS YOU VERN!! I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND AND YOUR MUSIC.
    MARY RUSSELL…..OHIO

  15. Jeff Marcum says:

    They don’t make ‘em like Vern anymore. The Voice will be missed. RIP

  16. Betty Lou Fanire says:

    Sirius radio has been playing Vern’s records for the past few weeks and I was so happy to hear him again.

    I have most of his tapes and I’ll certainly treasure them all the more now.

    I feel that he has been ignored for the past 10-15 years as have all of the “older” artists. I always said that if and when I win the “lottery” that I would buy and open a radio station to play the veteran artists and give the younger population a chance to know them.

    May Vern Gosdin’s soul rest in peace and his spirit live on forever. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

  17. Kathy Boice says:

    I would certainly like to be entered to win if it’s not too late. I met Vern once, as a member of his fan club. He is the ONLY artist I ever went out of my way to see.
    I had a stroke myself in late Oct. of last year. Not major, but some speech damage. Had lost track of Vern and had no idea he had these problems. So sad to have that wonderful voice silenced. SO many more people should have been aware of him, and would be if radio these days were not so youth orientated.
    Wonder where he is buried? Kathy

  18. I fell in love with Vern in 1989, I mean really in love. I went to all his concerts in the Atlanta area, (Lanierland) etc. Met him at a concert and sometimes I felt like the fly on the wall when I heard him sing, wanting to help him write the next sad song. To me all his songs were from the heart. I could never understand radio for they stop playing his songs a while back. Boy what a mistake, I don’t listen to the local stations any more. There is no Country Songs out there anymore, No real feeling in the songs. This man had it all. He suffered a broken heart in his last divorce, I heard him say. I could relate to his feelings. Vern, I loved you all these years, you took my love with you, but I’ll never stop playing your songs.

  19. ed.childrey says:

    Vern’s talent…. his song-writing, his music, and his voice, will be appreciated and played at my house for as long as my wife, my friends, or I have life in us. A truly great legend. He needs to be added to the Country Music Hall of Fame. RIP, Vern.

    • Vern is the best singer ever and sad to see The Voice gone…..

      He is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery however, was not able to find his grave while in Nashville last month. I also visited the other cemetery Roselawn where Porter, Webb Pierce, Tammy Wynette, and Johnny Paycheck was buried. I has heart broken not able to find the grave site of Mel Street. A mystery just like his life and departure.

      Tristan

  20. i saw vern in concert with 2 other legends,conway twitty ,an george jones,he was awesome,i will take that memory to my grave,rip vern

  21. Hank Koopman says:

    He’s been gone for more than a year, and I only found out last night after going on the net trying to find out if he’d recorded any more songs. What a shock to the system.

    I was managing a community radio station in Bowral, New South Wales , Australia, and we were sent the Forces Radio Tapes each week froma US company. It was an hour show and I just used to monitor the tape as it went to air. “Chisled In Stone” came on and I was moved to tears to hear such a soulful voice interpret such a sad song. I went out and bought up all I could of his albums. It is sad that he was never so big in Australia.

    I for one will miss him greatly. I was so moved by the song that I also recorded it on one of my albums
    and still sing it regularly at gigs. Rest in Peace mate , you’ve left a lasting legacy with your works.

    Hank Koopman

  22. Vern told me that when he died he wanted to be buried near his hero’s.I thought he meant country singers.Was I wrong,he is buried with confederate war generals and soliders.You go Vern..Man they are some big war hero’s with you at Olivet Cemetery,Nashville,Tn..Jimmy Gilstrap

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