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Don Gibson was born Donald Eugene Gibson on April 3, 1928 in Shelby, NC. 
He had been a textile mill worker, had delivered baby diapers, worked as a dish washer, soda jerk, delivery truck driver, dealt with jukebox maintenance. 

His musical career got underway in 1948,when his band Sons of the Soil got playing station WOHS, Shelby, NC, on a regular basis.

In 1949, he had his first recording session for Mercury Records at WBBO, Forest City, NC. His song Why Am I So Lonely had been cut at the event.

In 1950 he changed to RCA. At that time he

moved from Shelby, NC, to Knoxville, TN,
joined WNOX's Midday Merry-Go-Round and Tennessee Barn Dance.

In 1952 he signed with Columbia Records.

In 1955 he wrote Sweet Dreams, began recording for MGM. Around that time, Don signed a publishing contract with Acuff-Rose.

In 1957 he moved over to RCA Victor, wrote and recorded his first single release Too Soon to Know. He decided to write songs for a living.

The 1958 recording of Oh Lonesome Me won him many major awards, as did I Can't Stop Loving You and Sea Of Heartbreak in 1961.

In 1958 Don Gibson appeared on the Grand Ole Opry for the very first time. He spent a couple of years in Nashville. In 1964 he left the Opry. By 1969 he signed with Acuff-Rose's Hickory Records, in 1975 he was reinstated as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Don Gibson was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

He died November 17, 2003, at a Nashville's Baptist Hospital at age 75.

His grave site is at the Sunset Cemetery, in his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina.

Here's a list of Don's most famous songs along with the artists who recorded them

Sweet Dreams

Patsy Cline (1963), Loretta Lynn, Faron Young (1956), Roy Orbison (1967), Emmylou Harris (1976), Don Gibson (1956, 1961), Reba McEntire (1979)

Oh Lonesome Me

Don Gibson (1958), Johnny Cash (1961), Neil Young, Kentucky Headhunters (1990)

I Can't Stop Loving You

Kitty Wells (1958), Don Gibson (1958), Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Conway Twitty (1972), Sammi Smith (1977), Mary K. Miller (1978)

Blue, Blue Day

Don Gibson (1958), Wilburn Brothers (1961), Tracy Nelson

I'll Be A Legend In My Time

Ronnie Milsap (1975)

Too Soon To Know

Don Gibson (1957), Roy Orbison (1967)

Guess Away The Blues

Don Gibson (1971)

Country Green

Don Gibson (1971)

Who Cares For Me

Don Gibson (1959)

Sea Of Heartbreak

Don Gibson (1961), Kenny Price (1972), Lynn Anderson (1979), Ronnie McDowell (1989)

One Day at a Time

Don Gibson (1974)

Don't Tell Me Your Troubles

Don Gibson (1959)

Give Myself a Party

Don Gibson (1958), Roy Orbison (1967), Jeannie C. Riley (1972)

Just One Time

Don Gibson (1960), Connie Smith (1971), Tompall & The Glaser Brothers (1981)

Lonesome Number One

Don Gibson (1962), Roy Orbison (1967)

Wasted Words

Ray Price (1956)


1997 file photo

In Memoriam Don Gibson
April 3, 1928 - November 17, 2003

US Country Legend Don Gibson Dies
by Mary Morningstar,Washington, DC, The Voice Of America

Legendary Country singer and songwriter Don Gibson died of natural causes Monday at a Nashville hospital. He was 75 years old. Gibson helped create the "Nashville Sound," a more polished style with pop elements that helped rejuvenate Country music's popularity in the 1960s.

Nicknamed "the sad poet," Gibson wrote songs that were typically centered on loneliness and lost love. 

Don Gibson arrived on the Country music scene in the late-1950s with a new generation of Country singer-songwriters, who wrote simple melodies with strong emotions. 

Born in Shelby, North Carolina, in 1928, he began performing on a local radio station with his first band, The Sons of the Soil. 

Respected for his unique singing and guitar styles, Gibson made his biggest mark in Country music as a songwriter. In 1955, he earned his breakthrough with Sweet Dreams, a classic he recorded twice. Gibson made his Country chart debut with the Top 10 song in 1956. Four years later, he had equal success with his second version. 

Several other singers had hits with Sweet Dreams, most notably the late Patsy Cline, whose version brought Gibson to the attention of the Nashville music industry, and led to a songwriting deal with Acuff-Rose Publishing. 

In 1957, he wrote two songs that became popular standards in American music, I Can't Stop Loving You and his long-running Number One Country single, Oh Lonesome Me. Since then, hundreds of artists have recorded the tunes, which have sold in the tens of millions worldwide.

 In 1958, Gibson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. But, troubled times followed. Throughout the 1960s, he battled drug and alcohol abuse, and became so disenchanted with the music business that he moved back to North Carolina in 1967. There, he met his second wife, who helped him overcome his addictions. In 1972, he returned to the top of the Country chart with Woman (Sensuous Woman).

 Aside from making hit records, Don Gibson's other musical achievements included induction into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1973, and earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

 More than 700 artists recorded Gibson's I Can't Stop Loving You. The most famous is Ray Charles' million-selling pop version that spent five weeks at Number One in 1962. Gibson's own recording of the song was a Top 10 hit in 1958.

A memorial service is being planned in Nashville for singer, songwriter and guitarist Don Gibson, dead at age 75.


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