Don Gibson

Date: 1979 June 20
Call Number: OH521


Singer-songwriter. Born April 3, 1928. Died November 17, 2003. Counted among his songwriting credits are some of the most popular songs in country music history, including “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “Sweet Dreams.” His recordings for RCA during the late 1950s and 1960s led to a string of hits, including “Blue, Blue Day,” and “Sea of Heartbreak.” Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1979 June 20
Printed transcript only. Audio recording not available.
Singer-songwriter Don Gibson discusses the development of his career. Discussion includes his guitars; his early interest in jazz guitar; the start of his career and his early songwriting; his early recording career; recording “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You”; his association with Acuff-Rose Publications promotion man Mel Foree; joining Hickory Records; his singing style; and his overall view of his career.