2009-04-29 13:56:11 UTC
Country music star Vern Gosdin, known for such hits as "Set 'em Up
Joe" and "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me
Tonight)," died at midnight tonight. He was 74.
Gosdin, who suffered "a pretty bad stroke" about three weeks ago, died
peacefully in his sleep at a Nashville hospital, his administrative
assistant Dawn Hall said this morning.
A one-time bandmate of The Byrds' Chris Hillman, Gosdin covered a
variety of musical styles, working early in a bluegrass act and even
writing a song that appeared on the soundtrack to the rock biker
classic Easy Rider.
But Gosdin found his greatest success doing mainstream country, as he
scored No. 1 singles with "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance," the
Ernest Tubb quasi-tribute "Set 'Em Up" and "I'm Still Crazy."
His recording of "Chiseled in Stone" claimed the Country Music
Association's song of the year honor in 1989, and George Strait found
success by rerecording Gosdin's hit "Today My World Slipped Away."
He was born in Woodland, Ala., on Aug. 5, 1934.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.