Charlie Louvin Dies at Age 83

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Charlie Louvin has died at age 83. He passed away at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. Funeral services and visitation are pending.

Charlie, who was born in 1927, and his brother Ira made up the country-gospel duo The Louvin Brothers. The duo notched a handful of country hits in the mid-1950s and '60s, including "When I Stop Dreaming" and "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby." The duo also made numerous appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, becoming official members of the institution in 1955. The Louvin Brothers broke up in 1963, and Ira Louvin died in 1965 at age 41 in a car crash.

Charlie's first post-duo single, "I Don't Love You Anymore," hit the Top 5 in 1964, and was followed by the singles "Hey Daddy," "Off And On" and "I Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep."

In 2001, The Louvin Brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2003, the tribute album Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers was released, and in 2004, the album earned a Grammy for Best Country Album. Charlie's fame increased in recent years with the release two albums in 2008 and The Battle Rages On in 2010.

It was discovered in 2010 that Charlie was battling stage 2 pancreatic cancer. In July 2010, Charlie underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer, and a fundraising benefit and auction was held in October 2010 in Bell Buckle, Tenn.

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