Charlie Louvin

Date: 1986 December 05
Length: 145 min.
Call Number: OHC177


Country music performer. Born July 7, 1927. Career most active late 1940s-1960s. Real name: Charlie Elzer Loudermilk. With his brother Ira formed the Louvin Brothers, one of the most influential harmony duos in the history of country music. Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1986 December 5
(2 hours, 25 minutes)
Country performer Charlie Louvin talks about the career of the Louvin Brothers. Discussion includes the story behind several of their songs, including “The Gospel Way,” “They’ve Got the Church Outnumbered,” “God Bless Her Because She’s My Mother”; the development of their singing style; joining the Grand Ole Opry; the decision to pursue music as a career; memories of the Opry during the 1950s; working on the Opry’s network segment, the Prince Albert Show; and comments on changes in the country music industry.