Saturday, February 1, 2014

HARLEY ~









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.




 
(Harper Collins 2012)



The same design on the book, and title, was used for the brothers 1959 Capitol Records release.
An album coveted by record collectors today.





5 comments:

ACravan said...

I didn't know Charlie Louvin had written his autobiography. (Funny the things you miss when you've been keeping your head down in your work during a no-fun period.) So thank you for this. After listening to other people's interpretation of Louvin Brothers material for so long, I remember finally picking up the original recordings many years ago at the Ernest Tubb record store in Nashville and nothing's been the same since. Curtis

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Curtis, you sure know where to buy your music!

all's well, Bob

ACravan said...

There was a year or so period when I traveled to Nashville frequently on business. I had friends there and it was always a great pleasure. I learned a lot on those trips.

Curtis

Luster said...

Bob,

Nice to see this. My old friend Mike Manning was a great friend to Charlie Louvin in his final years and produced his last single, a moving version of "Tom T. Hall's "Back When We Were Young" coupled with a remake of the Louvin's first recording "Alabama." It was for the tiny Chicken Ranch label. Not available on Grooveshark but it is on Spotify. I love the image of Charlie dreaming of his Harley.

Keep dreaming,
mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Ah, Curtis & Mike,

Just think of the power of the Louvins beyond the grave.

As if they didn't already know.

Best to Mike Manning's work as well.

all's well, Bob