Join me and so many loyal country music fans this Sunday, January 15th for the music and life of Don Gibson on the Sunday Morning Country Classic Spotlight at 11 am.  You can find us at 98.1 FM Minnesota’s New Country, online and on your mobile device.

Donald Eugene Gibson born April 3, 1928 in Shelby, North Carolina to a poor working class family.  He dropped out of elementary school to help the family.  He went on to become a great song writer, he penned some of country musics standards, “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Oh Lonesome Me.”

Although Gibson was well-known as an artist he once said, “I consider myself a song writer who sings rather than singer who writes songs.”

With success came personal setbacks, drug and alcohol problems.  His second wife Bobbi was instrumental in turning his life around. Gibson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame in 1973. In 2001 he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The next time you’re in North Carolina check out the Don Gibson Theater opened in November 2009 in historic uptown Shelby in Cleveland county.

Following his death from natural causes November 17, 2003 he was buried in his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina. He was 75 years old.




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