Brothers Lonnie Ira Loudermilk (21 April 1924, d. 20 June 1965, nr. Williamsburg, Missouri, USA) and Charlie Elzer Loudermilk (b. 7 July 1927) were both born in Rainsville, Alabama, USA. They were raised on a 40-acre farm in Henegar, Alabama, but only half of it could be cultivated. Despite their poverty, their parents sang gospel songs and encouraged their sons musical talents. Ira took up the mandolin and Charlie the guitar, and they created perfect harmonies for country and gospel music, inspired, in particular, by the Blue Sky Boys. In 1943, after winning a talent contest in Chattanooga, they began broadcasting regularly, leading to three shows a day for WMPS in Memphis. They recorded for Decca Records, MGM Records and Capitol Records, but they found it hard to make ends meet and worked night shifts in the Post Office. Some radio broadcasts to promote a songbook, Songs That Tell A Story, were later released and show the Louvin Brothers at their best, with...
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