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Don Gibson
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    (April 3, 1928-November 17, 2003)
    Born in Shelby, North Carolina
    Recorded the singles ‘Sweet Dreams’ (1956), ‘Oh Lonesome Me’ (1958), ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ (1958), ‘Blue Blue Day’ (1958), ‘Give Myself a Party’ (1958), ‘Look Who’s Blue’ (1958) ‘Who Cares’ (1959), ‘Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles’ (1959), ‘Just One Time’ (1960), ‘Sea of Heartbreak’ (1961), ‘Lonesome Number One’ (1961), ‘I Can Mend Your Broken Heart’ (1962), ‘(Yes) I’m Hurting’ (1966), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (1966), ‘There’s a Story Going ‘Round’ (with Dottie West, 1969), ‘Rings of Gold’ (with Dottie West, 1969), ‘Country Green’ (1971), ‘Woman (Sensuous Woman)’ (1972), ‘Touch the Morning’ (1973), ‘One Day at a Time’ (1974) and ‘Bring Back Your Love to Me’ (1974)
    Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (1973) and the Country Music Hall of Fame (2001)
    He dropped out of school in the second grade.
    In his teens, he made his living as a pool shark in his hometown.
    While trying to lose weight in the 60s, he became addicted to diet pills and tranquilizers.
    He was nicknamed ‘the Sad Poet’ because so many of his songs were about loneliness and lost love.
    Perhaps to make up for his lack of education, he became a voracious reader as an adult.
    He wrote two country standards, ‘Oh Lonesome Me’ and ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You,’ in a single afternoon.
    ’I Can’t Stop Loving You’ has been recorded by over 700 performers, most notably Ray Charles, whose version hit #1 on Billboard’s pop, rhythm and blues, and easy listening charts (1962).
    He credited his wife, Bobbi Patterson, with making it possible for him to overcome his chemical dependency.

Credit: C. Fishel

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