Charles Whitstein remembers Charlie Louvin

Charles Whitstein had a particular place in Charlie Louvin’s life. Not only did he help to rekindle the music of the Louvin Brothers with a debut album with his late brother Robert, he stood beside Charlie and sang tenor – Ira’s roll – on stages worldwide.

He remembers his other ‘brother’ ..

“With the sadness of Charlie’s passing I feel I’ve lost more than just a special friend, but another brother whom I have idolized, respected and loved deeply since childhood—such unique talent that remains etched in my soul.

I’m so honored that Charlie gave me the opportunity to travel the world with him as part of the great ‘Louvin Brothers Music Celebration Tour’. We shared so many special times together. Truly an end of a special era.

With thoughts and prayers to wife Betty and the Louvin family.”

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.