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Lovin' the Louvin Brothers

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Lovin' the Louvin Brothers

Grand Ole Opry stars of the 1950s and '60s, the Louvin Brothers were known for their distinctive "close harmony" singing, with Ira Louvin on high tenor and mandolin and his brother Charlie on lead vocals and guitar. Their tempestuous relationship as brothers and as bandmates –– and Ira's occasional bad behavior –– brought their partnership to an end in 1963, when Charlie started a solo career. But the songs they created together tell a story of collaboration. Their tight harmonies are distinctive, and their instruments weave perfect accompaniments. Many fans of classic country music know it just doesn't get any better than the Louvin Brothers.

Ira (1924–1965) would have celebrated his 90th birthday April 24, and we're remembering him and Charlie (1927–2011) with two great performances.

"I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby"

"Hoping That You're Hoping"

Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.