5 August 1934, Woodland, Alabama, USA. Gosdins first steps in carrying out his wish to be a country singer-songwriter came in the early 50s, when as a result of singing with his two brothers in the local church, they became regulars as the Gosdin Family on WVOK Birmingham. In 1953, he moved to Atlanta where he sold ice cream and in 1956 to Chicago where he ran a country music nightclub. During this time he worked hard to develop his singing and writing, and also became a talented instrumentalist on guitar, banjo and mandolin. In 1960, he moved to California, where he joined his brother Rex (b. 1938, d. 23 May 1983), first in a bluegrass group called the Golden State Boys and then as members of Chris Hillmans bluegrass band the Hillmen. When Hillman moved on to rock as a founder member of the Byrds, Gosdin also worked as a session musician while continuing to perform bluegrass with Rex. He recorded for several labels with no real success, and in 1966,...
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