Shortly after this concert they would split up.

The Louvin Brothers – Live At The Hollywood Bowl – 1963 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles

Shortly after this concert they would split up.

Shortly after this concert they would split up.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Louvin Brothers – Live At The Hollywood Bowl – June 22, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Well, maybe not really a Pop Culture entry this week, but The Louvin Brothers were an influential duo with a lot of folk artists, particularly in the area of close harmony and Mandolin in the mid-1960s. This appearance, one of their last, if not their last, was part of Country Night At The Bowl from June 22, 1963. Sponsored by radio station KFOX, which was one of the biggest Country-Western music stations in Southern California. A virtual who’s who of Country music in the early 1960s was represented in this show. In addition to The Louvin Brothers were also appearances by Flatt & Scruggs, June Carter (with a brief guest spot by Johnny Cash who was ill) and many others.

Depending on how this one does, I will post the other acts from this concert. But for now, something historic and completely rare (this concert has never been thought to have existed) and a huge dose of Americana from the early 60s.

Giddyup.

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3 Responses

  1. annagranfors says:

    Thanks SO much for this one! I wish they’d had more time for their other hits (“My Baby’s Gone”, “If I Could Only Win Your Love” and a dozen others–”The Christian Life”, which a young Gram Parsons did with The Byrds on “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo”), but a live “I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby”–especially in great quality–is more than I ever thought I’d get to hear.

    And GOD, by all means…if you’ve got some of the rest of the show, I’d love to hear it…in specific, the George Jones set, or Loretta Lynn…I’m not as excited by the Johnny Cash set, since he was pretty bad off addiction-wise at the time–see:

    http://www.angelfire.com/folk/june/viii.htm

    A poster for the “KFOX Country Music Spectacular” at the Bowl (from which this came) can be seen here:

    http://entertainment.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=7018&lotIdNo=20052#Photo

    I’ve loved the Louvins since before I knew of them, via the aforementioned Parsons, who also covered their “Cash On The Barrelhead” and Emmylou Harris’ version of the also-aforementioned “If I Could Only Win Your Love”, and finally found a self-titled Pickwick compilation in the late seventies (for $1.99!)…their classic Capitol records had gone out of print by then.

    Thankfully, everything they ever put out was reissued when CDs came to town, the best of the batch being an 8 CD boxset from Bear Family, “Close Harmony”, that has all their studio recordings. Of course, you’ll pay $199 instead of the $1.99 for that one, but it’s (almost) worth it…

    …but it doesn’t have this show on it! Thanks again, Gordon!

    • gordonskene says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words! I was on the fence about putting up the rest of the concert, but from the number of e-mails and Facebook posts I’ve gotten in just the past few hours, and now your note, I’m going to put the rest of this concert up. Thanks again!

  2. Wilma Fogler says:

    Thank You so much!