Mon January 31, 2011
World Cafe

Charlie Louvin On World Cafe

Charlie Louvin, half of the legendary Louvin Brothers and oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry, died Wednesday, Jan. 26 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83.

The Louvin Brothers were mainstays on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1950s and '60s, and their harmonies influenced countless alternative country artists, including Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and The Byrds.

Louvin spoke with World Cafe host David Dye in 2007 about "shape note singing," his lengthy career and other anecdotes, including what it was like to meet a teenage Johnny Cash. Copyright 2011 WXPN-FM. To see more, visit http://www.xpn.org/.

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