I was finishing up musician Charlie Louvin's autobiography when I had a letter from a friend speaking almost the exact same wish that Charlie Louvin had. It has to do with a Harley motorcycle.
Above is from the closing page of Louvin's book Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers.
Two good ol' boys from Alabama, Ira and Charlie Louvin's music influenced wide and mighty: from The Beatles, Everly Brothers, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, Handsome Family, just for starters.
In 1964, Charlie split professionally with Ira and started a solo career. While traveling between solo engagements the following year, Ira was killed near Kansas City, Mo., when his car was struck by a drunk driver.