In Close Harmony: The Story of the Louvin Brothers

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University Press of Mississippi, 1996 - Music - 146 pages
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The authoritative "Grove Dictionary of American Music" says they are "probably the greatest traditional country duo in history." The music of the Louvin Brother has influenced almost all revered rock-and-roll singers and country singers, from the Everly Brothers to Emmylou Harris. The essence of country music for many aficionados is harmony singing, and country harmony, for most of these, is synonymous with the blended voices of Ira and Charles Louvin. This book is the first full study of the Louvin Brothers' remarkable career and of their rich, complex music. Based on extensive research, including substantial interviews with Charles, the surviving brother, "In Close Harmony" provides a detailed portrait of the Louvins and the turbulent country-music world of the 1950s.

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Charles K. Wolfe, professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, was one of the leading experts on the history and development of country music. He was the A01 of The "Devil's Box: Masters of Southern Fiddling" (Vanderbilt/Country Music Foundation Press) and more than a dozen other books whose subjects range from Leadbelly to the Louvin Brothers.

He is sorely missed.

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