Caught by the River

Caught by the Reaper – Vern Gosdin

6th May 2009

Tommy Sheehan just send me a link to Charlie Gillett’s site, where this news has been posted on the forum;

Country music star Vern Gosdin, known for such hits as “Set ’em Up Joe” and “I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You’re Gonna Love Me Tonight),” has died. He was 74.

Gosdin, who suffered “a pretty bad stroke” about three weeks ago, died peacefully in his sleep at a Nashville hospital on April 28th his administrative assistant Dawn Hall said.

A one-time bandmate of The Byrds’ Chris Hillman, along with his brother Rex he appeared behind Gene Clark on Clark’s 1967 debut solo effort, dubbed ‘Echoes’ in the UK but intially called ‘Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers’ on its release in the USA on Columbia. he played bluegrass, country-rock and straight country.

But Gosdin found his greatest success doing mainstream country, as he scored No. 1 singles with “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance,” the Ernest Tubb quasi-tribute “Set ‘Em Up” and “I’m Still Crazy.”

His recording of “Chiseled in Stone” claimed the Country Music Association’s song of the year honor in 1989, and George Strait found success by rerecording Gosdin’s hit “Today My World Slipped Away.”

This is Vern and brother Rex doing Donovan’s ‘Catch the Wind’ (from ‘The Sounds of Goodbye’ on Big Beat / Ace). R.I.P.


further obituary by Bob Moses over at No Depression.