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Don Gibson - Shelby, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 35° 17.981 W 081° 32.960
17S E 450055 N 3906415
Quick Description: Don Gibson is a renowned singer/songwriter who performed on the Grand Ole Opry and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 12/3/2010 12:56:06 PM
Waymark Code: WMA8KX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 4

Long Description:
Don Gibson was a native of Shelby, North Carolina. He left his native North Carolina in 1957 to travel to Nashville where he recorded the first of many hit songs. The recordings in 1957 of “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” were double sided hits that crossed over from country to pop and launch his career. Don Gibson went on to become one of Nashville’s most renowned singer, songwriters and his talent both as a performer and writer took him to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and the County Music Hall of Fame. Don Gibson died on November 17, 2003 and is buried in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, North Carolina.

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Donald Eugene Gibson was born on April 3, 1928 in Shelby, North Carolina. He grew up in a poor working class family dropping out of school in the second grade. Developing an interest in music and songwriting at an early age he formed his first band, “The Sons of the Soil,” in 1948. Don and the Band played throughout Western North Carolina until 1957, when he left for Nashville. Shortly after arriving in Nashville, Don recorded “Oh Lonesome Me “and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” These two songs became hits on both the country and pop charts and launched his career as a singer/songwriter. Don’s career would take him to the Stage of the Grand Ole Opry and see him become members of several Halls of Fame. Over the next two decades Don wrote and recorded such crossover hits as “Sea of Heartbreak,” “Lonesome No. 1,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Woman (Sensuous Woman). A very talented songwriter, Don Gibson was known as the “sad poet” because many of his song painted pictures of loneliness and lost love. One of his most popular songs, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” has been recorded by of 700 artists, most notably in 1962 by Ray Charles. Don’s wrote “Sweet Dreams,” which was an immediate hit for Patsy Cline in 1963. In 1970, Neil Young recorded “Oh Lonesome Me,” one of the very few songs Young recorded that he didn’t write himself. In 1973 Don Gibson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Don Gibson died on November 17, 2003 and is buried in Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, North Carolina Source: Wikipedia

Date of birth: 4/3/1928

Date of death: 11/17/2003

Area of notoriety: Entertainment

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daily - Dawn to Dusk

Fee required?: No

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