Whatever Happened To ‘The Voice’?
Country music history is filled with not only great artists but great nicknames.
'The Possum' George Jones. 'The Man In Black' Johnny Cash. 'The Coal Miners Daughter' Loretta Lynn. 'The Storyteller' Tom T. Hall. 'The First Lady Of Country Music' Tammy Wynette. And on and on.
But there is only one man that was crowned 'The Voice'.
Born in Woodland, Alabama, the sixth of nine kids, Vern like so many others began singing gospel music as a child. He first came to some fame singing with his brother Rex as 'The Gosdin Brothers'.
He first came to my attention back in the 1970s with a beautiful Top Ten hit called 'Yesterday's Gone' on which Country Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris sang harmony. As he continued to rack up hits, he was honored with the nickname: The Voice.
But in my humble opinion, it was one song in particular that highlighted that moniker.
Released as a single in August of 1988, 'Chiseled In Stone' was written by the man who sang it, Vern Gosdin, along with legendary country songwriter Max D. Barnes.
While the song didn't reach the top of the country music chart (it peaked at #6) it was recognized by the Country Music Association, who honored it with the Country Song Of The year in 1989.
And yet an entire generation has perhaps missed one of the greatest country songs in history.
A tale of incredible heartbreak and hope, 'Chiseled In Stone' is everything a legendary country song should be. Oh, and it's sung by a man known simply as 'The Voice'.
We lost 'The Voice' on the evening of April 28, 2009, following a stroke. Vern Gosdin was 74 years old.