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Charlie Louvin, Grand Ole Opry Star, Fighting Pancreatic Cancer

July 8, 2010

Yesterday Charlie Louvin, one of the essential voices of the Grand Ole Opry, turned 83.    It is beening reported on his web site that the music legend was very recently diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.  

There is no need to underscore the severity of this type of cancer, combined with his age.  Charlie will go in for a six-hour surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville on July 22. During what is called a Whipple procedure, doctors will remove part of his pancreas, small intestine and bile duct and will then reconstruct his digestive tract.  True to form the singer is insisting that he will be back on the stage for an August 21st show.

There is still a lot of music to be made from this man who teamed up with his brother, Ira, to make record charting albums.  The Louvin Brothers were pure gold for many years.  After Ira died Charlie continued singing and appearing around the nation.  Before one such concert in Wisconsin I had the chance to talk with him for a lengthy period of time as he used my pen to sign some autographs.  As he smoked a cigarette Charlie told tales of being on the road as a country singer.  His memories of working in the early days with Elvis were samples of what the entertainment world was like before the modern-day hype and endless promotion.

Charlie has a  new CD set for release later this year.  There is no end to the music that this man still has within him.

CP is sending prayers and best wishes to this Grand Ole Opry star for a medical miracle.

Here is a sample of the Louvin Brothers from 1956.

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