22 Greatest Classic Country Artists of the Modern Era

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Vern Gosdin

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Vern Gosdin

His nickname was “The Voice” — long before the NBC series. We don’t know how more definitive that needs to be. Gosdin’s phrasing was on par with anyone — Jones or Haggard, who both considered themselves among the singer’s biggest fans. Always something of an underdog in the business, the bulk of Gosdin’s recorded output came from smaller, independent labels. But, when you heard him on slices of real country such as “If You’re Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)” or “Today My World Slipped Away,” record companies were of no major importance. He sang each song like it would be his last, and inspired a generation in the process.

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