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Not So Lonesome ….

Related imageJust a little sidebar on country and cross over singer/song writer Don Gibson.  Don is ranked by Joel Whitburn as the number 42 rated all-time country music artist.  His career spanned from 1956 until 1976 as far as charting records are concerned.  He placed 82 songs on the “Hot Country Songs” charts.

Further, Whitburn ranks him the number 22 country artists for the entire 1950’s, number 18 for the 1960’s and number 23 for the 1970’s – Talk about consistency!

Don crossed over onto the Hot 100 pop charts 15 times.  He had three number one songs country, 23 Top Ten and 39 Top Twenty!

Don Gibson was born on April 3rd, 1928 in Shelby, North Carolina – Donald Eugene Gibson.  He dropped out of school during his early elementary school years and later joined a group called “Sons of Soil” recording his first single in 1948 with the group at the age of 20.  It would be the “Sons” only release – in April of 1948.

Don’s first charting record Country was his own “Sweet Dreams” released in March of 1956 on the MGM label.  The song would go to number 9 Country .  The record charted Country by seven different artists.  Patsy Cline would take it to number 5 Country in 1963 released shortly after her tragic death in a plane crash on March 5th, 1963.  Patsy was another country cross over and Sweet Dreams went number 44 Hot 100.

“Sweet Dreams” or “Sweet Dreams (Of You)” would be Don’s only charting single with MGM.  He came to MGM after releasing two singles and one extended play on the Columbia label.  His next stop would be to team up with guitar player and producer Chet Atkins on RCA Victor Records where he would enjoy a hit string into 1969.

Patsy Cline

He would then sign with Hickory Records out of Nashville.  Hickory, started up by Roy Acuff and Fred Rose, would be distributed by MGM and then ABC Records.  In 1957 while living in a trailer he composed “Oh Lonesome Me” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” on the very same day!    Ray Charles took the song to number 1 in 1962 – It topped the R&B Charts for 10 straight weeks!  The song has been recorded more than 700 times over the years.

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Don was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2001), Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1973), and the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame (2010).

He passed away on November 17, 2003 at age 75.

Bob Gibson Cash Box December 27th, 1958

Don Gibson Cash Box February 12th, 1966

Don Gibson 45 Selected Discography

45 Extended Play – Columbia B-2146 – Don Gibson – 1953

45 – MGM K12194 – Sweet Dreams/The Road of Life Aloha – March, 1956 – Charted Country Number 9

45 – RCA Victor 7133 – Oh! Lonesome Me/I Can’t Stop Loving You – double sided hit – Charted Number 7 and Number 81 – 1958

45 – RCA Victor 47-7010 – Blue Blue Day/Too Soon To Know – Charted Number 20 – June, 1958

45 – RCA Victor Extended Play EPA 4323 – Blue Blue Day – 1958

45 – RCA Victor 47-7330 – Give Myself A Party/Look Who’s Blue – double sided hit – Charted Number 46/Charted Number 58 – 1958

45 – RCA Victor 47-7437 – Who Cares/A Stranger To Me – Charted Number 43 – January, 1959

45 Extended Play – RCA Victor EPA 5114 – Blue and Lonesome – 1959

45 – RCA Victor 47-7505 – Lonesome Old House/I Couldn’t Care Less – Charted Number 71 – May, 1959

45 – RCA Victor 47-7566 – Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles/Heartbreak Avenue – Charted Number 85 – July, 1959

45 – RCA Victor 47-7629 – I’m Moving On/Big Hearted Me – October, 1959

45 – RCA Victor 47-7690 – Just One Time/I May Never Get To Heaven – Charted Number 29 – February, 1960

45 – RCA Victor 47-7762 – Far Far Away/A Legend In My Time – Charted Number 72 – June, 1960

45 – RCA Victor 47-7805 – Sweet Dreams/The Same Street – Charted Number 93 – October, 1960

(This is an updated version from the earlier MGM release)

45 – RCA Victor 47-7841 – What About Me/The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise – double sided hit – Charted Number 100/Charted Number 108 – January, 1961

45 – RCA Victor 47-7890 – Sea of Heartbreak/I Think It’s Best (To Forget Me) – Charted Number 21 – May, 1961

45 – RCA Victor 47-7959 – Lonesome Number One/The Same Old Trouble – October, 1961

45 – RCA Victor 47-8017 – I Can Mend Your Broken Heart/I Let Her Get Lonely – Charted Number 105 – April, 1962

45 – RCA Victor 47-8085 – So How Come (No One Loves Me)/Baby We’re Really In Love – February, 1963

45 – RCA Victor 47-8144 – Head Over Heels In Love With You/It Was Worth It All – February, 1963

45 – RCA Victor 47-8192 – Anything New Gets Old (Except My Love For You)/After The Heartache – June, 1963

Don Gibson Long Play Selected Discography

LP – RCA Victor LPM 1743 – Oh Lonesome Me – 1958

LP – RCA Victor LPM 1918 – No One Stands Alone – 1958

LP – RCA Victor LSP 2038 – That Gibson Boy – 1959

LP – RCA Victor LPM 2184 – Look Who’s Blue – 1960

LP – RCA Victor LSP 2361 – Girls, Guitars and Gibson – 1961

LP – RCA Victor LPM 2448 – Some Favorites Of Mine – 1962

LP – RCA Victor LPM 2702 – I Wrote A Song – Charted 134 – 1963 (Don’s only LP to make it onto the Hot 200 LP Charts)

LP – RCA Victor LSP 2878 – God Walks These Hills – 1964

LP – RCA Victor M529 – Don Gibson – 1965

LP – RCA Camden CAL 582 – A Blue Million Tears – 1965

LP – RCA Victor S 11158 – The Fabulous Don Gibson – November, 1965

LP – RCA Camden CAS 2101 – Hurtin’ Inside – 1966

LP – RCA Victor LPM 3680  Great Country Songs – 1966

LP – RCA Victor LPM 3843 – All My Love – 1967

LP – RCA Victor LSP 3974 – The King Of Country Soul – 1968

LP – RCA Victor LSP 4053 – More Country Soul – 1968

LP – RCA Victor LSP 4131 – with Dottie West – Dottie & Don – 1969

LP – RCA Camden CAS 2317 – My God Is Real – 1969

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