Charlie - 1927 - 2011
Ira - 1924- 1965
The pride of Rainsville Alabama the popular Louvin Brothers. Born Lonnie Ira Loudermilk and Charlie Elizer Loudermilk, they grew up in the cotton belt helping out on the family farm and grew up to inspire countless contemporary performers and become one of the most respected duos in country music.
While still in their teens, they won a talent contest which resulted in winning a radio show on WDAF. It wasn't long before they could quit their day jobs and concentrate on music full time.
They joined the Grand Ol Opry in 1955 while recording for Capitol records together until 1964, scoring 12 top hits on the Billboard country chart, including songs like "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby", "When I Stop Dreaming", and "Hoping That You're Hoping".
Just one year after the brothers decided to go their separate ways (professionally), Ira and his wife Florence lost their life in an automobile accident.
Charlie went on to a successful solo career but often claimed he never really got used to singing without his brother. Charlie even tried his hand at acting in films like "Music City USA" and "The Golden Guitar".
Charlie lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 83.
The Louvin Brothers
were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001.
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