Charlie Louvin, Country Singer, Dies at 83
By Helena Zhu
Epoch Times Staff
Charlie Louvin, who formed the country music duo The Louvin Brothers with his older brother, Ira Louvin, died at age 83 on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at his home in Wartrace, Tenn.
Louvin died due to complications from pancreatic cancer, which he was diagnosed with in July 2010, according to The Associated Press and CBS.
Even though he underwent an unsuccessful surgery to remove the tumor, he still scheduled performances and released an album, The Battles Rage On in November.
"I'm not afraid of dying," Louvin told The Associated Press a few days after the diagnosis. "We're all going to do that. And I've had 83 years of almost uninterrupted good health, so I know that's not by accident. So I've been blessed that long, and I could use a couple more."
Louvin was admitted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001 for the works he produced with his brother since the 1940s, including "I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby", "When I Stop Dreaming", "Cash on the Barrel Head", "Hoping That You’re Hoping", and "You’re Running Wild".
The brothers broke up in 1963, two years before Ira Louvin died in a car accident in Williamsburg. Mo.
Following his separation with his brother, Louvin still recorded regularly, putting out hits such as "I Don’t Love You Anymore" (1964), "See the Big Man Cry" (1965), and "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)" (1967).