Update on Charlie’s Surgery


To everyone who has been concerned about Charlie Louvin, his surgery and his recovery, the following is an update from his son, Sonny Louvin.

Dad came home from the hospital on July 30. The surgery did not go as planned. He will begin using alternative methods of treatment, going forward.

He is home recuperating and gaining back his strength.  He is in great spirits, looking forward to singing again, and especially Hosting the Midnight Jamboree on Aug. 21st.  Please continue to keep him in your prayers and prayer lines, asking the Good Lord to bless him with a speedy recovery.

46 Responses to “Update on Charlie’s Surgery”

  1. Ed Gildner says:

    My wife and I are a great lover of Country Music, and really enjoy watching Country’s Family Reunion. We are praying for the day that Charlie Louvin comes back to Family Reunion. Charlie you are in our prayers, and will rejoyce at your recovery.

    Ed & Peggy

  2. mhairi kane says:

    Praying for Charlies recovery and hope each day the Lord makes him stonger..

  3. Brain & Karen Waldbauer says:

    Hello Charlie! We have been thinking of you often these days! We hope you are feeling better and the recovery is going well. Karen & I have been trying to contact you however your phone number must have changed. I assume you have moved now as you were hoping. We are so sorry to hear of your recent illness and we are praying for you to get better very soon. We have been thinking of making another trip to Nashville to see you — we would love to hear from you. We love you very much and your in our prayers. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. Love Brian & Karen

  4. James Power says:

    Dear Charlie,

    Your music is astonishingly great! There’s no one in country music today that can touch what you do. I really hope you can fit NYC into your schedule (where I live) some time soon.

    I hope you’re feeling better. You’re in the thoughts and prayers of many, many people.


    James Power

  5. J.L."Rooster"Simpson says:

    Have Faith,Hold on,& keep fightin’ ! In our prayers !
    Looking forward to seeing you in St.Louis,in November !

  6. Dear Charlie,

    I cannot tell you how much I adore you and your music. It is the sound of real country I grew up with and came to love, and it is the most authentic and moving music there is. You are a true American treasure, an icon and a genius, and people around the world love you so very much, including me.

    Please take care of yourself and stay strong. If anyone can beat this thing, you can. I’ll be praying for you and keeping you and your family in my thoughts. I expect to finally get to see you perform live in New Orleans in November for the first time, so you just keep fighting, and I’ll see you there. You have such a special place in my heart. God bless you, Charlie.

    All my love,
    Laura Methvin

  7. Amanda says:

    I discovered your solo music and that of The Louvin Brothers last night on NPR’s Fresh Air. What a sound! Then I came to your web site to learn more and read of your battle with cancer. It seems that every other person you talk to these days has it or has a close relative suffering from it. In fact, my mother-in-law had a bone marrow transplant for leukemia two years ago. I wish you strength and a full recovery, Mr. Louvin.

  8. Mike says:


    Best wishes and all strength to you from a huge fan in the UK. I’m listening to your music tonight and it does me the power of good — I hope it can help you too.


  9. Joseph says:

    I am sad about your sickness. I do hope you get better.

  10. Wendy says:

    Dear Mr. Louvin

    I saw you play a couple years ago at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and you were wonderful. It was a privilege. I hope I’ll get to see you play again sometime. I have several albums, and my boys play one of the songs you did with your brother — such a treat. Fingers crossed for a good recovery.
    – Wendy

  11. Will says:

    My dear friend Charlie,
    We keep on praying and burning candles for you and your family and we all hope you recover.
    In our hearts and thoughts we’re with you all.
    Maybe in the future we can join our coffee together in the early morning and smoke some Dutch tabacco and taste the most lovely cornbread Í ever had and the lovely spareribs at Davy Crokett’s restaurant.
    I still miss you all.
    Lots of love and regards from your friends in Holland, Joey, Kelsey, Mootje and Will.

  12. Mark says:

    God bless you, Charlie. I’ll be praying for you!

  13. Tea says:

    Thinking of and praying for you Charlie also listening to ‘Almost Persuaded” God loves you and so do I.

  14. Pastor Cecil Hume says:

    Hi Charlie,

    I heard about your illness. I am praying for you. God bless you.

  15. Preston says:

    Hey Charlie!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you, and treasure the memories we made on the road, and since. Tell Betty and the boys I love them too. God bless all of you.

  16. Kim Ahern says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I just read about your recent battle with cancer and I know you’ll pull through this with flying colors. I worked with you in your booth at Fan Fair 1990. I was pregnant and ready to pass out from the heat…and you pretty much tortured me making me stand there and listen to your stories, the stories you told me had me laughing so hard, it really was one of the best times of my life! Well, I went on to have that baby…he’s a strapping 19 year old now…with no appreciation for Country Music. And you know…I didn’t either until that week working with you.
    You are an amazing man, a wonderful artist, a fantastic musician…and I’d give anything to work in that booth with you again so I can hear more of your amazing memories and your thoughts on the new artists out today.
    God bless you, Charlie. I’ll keep you forever in my prayers!

  17. chris says:

    I have the Louvin Box Set and it is an amazing collection. If your a fan you need this set. I hope your doing well Charlie. Take care!

  18. rose says:

    I had surgery for pancreatic cancer and other organs April 2 of the year. Dr. Willis at Mt Sinai, South Miami Beach, Flordia.
    Today except for 6 pills I have to take daily I am “As good as I used to be”. I am 78 year old, female.
    Please if you have not had surgery, get in touch with him.
    I did not have chemo or radiation.
    Thinking of you,

  19. CHARLIE.



  20. Archie McCullough says:

    You, and Ira, have always been my favorite duet. They just don’t get any better than you guys.
    It really broke my heart when you, and Ira, split up. But I’ve enjoyed seeing, and listening to your music since. I hope you a speedy recovery, and God bless you, and your family. My wife’s family lives in Boaz,Al. We live in Opelika,Al. I hardly ever drive across Sand Mountain, without thinking of the Louvin Brothers. Our prayers are with you.

  21. Brian Fowler says:

    Get well Charlie!!!!!!! Love your music and I am praying for you.

  22. Stan Lindsey says:


    I will be praying for your quick recovery.

    Love Sue (Nell) Lindsey

  23. Wayne says:

    I will speak for the millions you never hear from. Your music is not only an inspiration to so many, but is a soothing medication in a world where tranquitity and peace is rare. Your contribution as an entertainer is much greater than you will ever realize. I just wanted you to know.


  24. Charlie, get well soon my friend…………….. we play your tunes often in earsradio.com and the memories of u and Ira in Grand Rapids michigan are wonderful to held onto………. You get well and get out and be with your fans soon. I have everyone of your solo records and they are like our guns, you will have to pull them from cold hands to own them.

    Love you and country music

    http://www.musictomakeyourearssmile.com 24/7

  25. Charlie, we think of you as each day passes and know you have what it takes to make it through this challenged part of your life. We met and jammed with you on the Bell BUckle Music Cruise (the Canadian band! Hard Ryde) You took time out to have a chat with our guitar player who contiunes to fight with demons you know well, for what its worth hes doing 100 % better :) as we know you will. Know that we are honored to call you our friend and know love has no borders.
    Get well Charlie!

  26. David Geraci says:

    Although I’m pretty sure that Charlie doesn’t check his email or have any idea what’s happening on this site, this is the only place I can say thank you for taking 5 minutes to talk to a fan in Pittsburgh a few years back. Some young folks in the crowd weren’t being very respectful during your set so between songs you said, “Come on guys, I don’t show up where you fellers work and tell you how to dig a ditch.” Good luck Charlie and thank you for the beautiful music.

  27. Rick W says:

    The Mountains of NC on a fall day are more special when we play your music. Kept up the fight, We’re praying for you. Blessing to Rhonda Vincent for the money she raised in her silent auction for you.

  28. Bill Romance says:

    Listening to Eddie Stubbs on WSM tonight …. he played two Louvin Brothers songs written by Bill Anderson …. also announced that even though Charlie has insurance, his share of the expenses is in the low six figures … if you can help ….

    Charlie Louvin Medical Fund
    Box 42
    Wartrace, TN 37183

  29. Rena Woodington says:

    You are in my prayers and thoughts – I wish you a speedy recovery. My husband and myself really enjoy your music………… Thank you dearly for your service to our wonderful and beautiful – United States of America. Keep the faith.

  30. Cherie M. Sneed says:

    Dear Charlie:

    Your music with you and Ira has always touched my heart. I watched some early footage of you guys when you were on the Ernest Tubb show. Your big smile and looking at Ira ….you can just see the love. Heard about your illness, and want you to know I am praying for you. God bless you for always serving Jesus, and for you and Ira both:) In your song dedicated to Ira, you say how you can still hear him. Thats how I am, I can hear your songs when I think about them. Thanks for all the beautiful harmonies.

    Love, Cherie Sneed

  31. Steve Bush says:

    All good wishes, Charlie, from a big fan in Bristol, England. You are a true star and have brought happiness to so many people for many years. Wishing you all the best for a happy outcome in your present illness.


  32. Charlie, I was in the very front row (stage left) when you and Ira first performed with your postal service delivery man shorts on at the Ryman on a very memorable evening show. You both were an act that left a extremely good impression on me as I was only about 18 at that time. Your loss of Ira and your wonderful fortitude to continue your music has been a wonderful source to me as I’m now since 1978, a performing singer /(gospel & sechular) singer-songwriter also here in my area of Central New York State. Your battle against this viscous ailment will with GOD’s perfect will, I’m sure be a successful one. As a born-again christian I want you to feel confidant that GOD’s will will be done to show HIS GLORY as many are praying about this situation also.


    mr. charlie–you are in our prayers–you are a very special person to our family–woodie and i live in henagar, al-we have been to your theatre at home–we were your special guest on the grand ole opry years ago–we came with rayburn and karen watkins–we sat on the bleachers on stage– that was a real treat–thanks for having us–may god bless you during this hard time–love and prayers

  34. patsy wilson garvey says:

    Dear Charlie I hope you are doing well and getting stronger every day. I watched the movie “Bucket List” this week and seeing you perform is still one of my goals for my list.I just checked your tour schedule and if you make the tour on February 9th I plan on being there as a birthday treat to myself. I was born on feb. 9th and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than sitting and listen to you sing. As always my prayers are and will always be with you.

  35. Barbara Richards says:

    Dear Charlie Louvin, I was raised listening to you and Ira’s music. My Dad was a big fan and one of the best guitar players I have ever heard. We lived in Indiana back then and he would sit us all in the back seat of his car on the nights he could pick up the Opry on his radio. He has passed away now. He played ya’lls music everyday. Sometimes I would go to sleep and wake up listening to your albums. Even as a teenager I never stopped listening. I love your music and I am so sorry to hear about your health problems. I am praying for you, but I know you are in good hands. Our Lord will take care of you which ever way this goes. I know Ira is keeping watch over you too. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us all these years. You take care and try not to worry. Love …Barbara.

  36. Wynnette Strickland kemp says:

    Hello, I had the privilege to be in the audience Saturday night, November 27, 2010, to enjoy another part of history in the making in country music and so thoroughly enjoyed all performances. I am very concerned on how Mr. Charlie is feeling and praying that everything is ok! Thank you for helping to make this “Honky Tonk” , country music girl’s weekend!

  37. Jay Peterson says:

    Dear Mr. Louvin,
    As someone in their late 50’s who plays the country music of earlier eras, I can’t say enough as to how much you have influenced me, as well as thousands of others who have heard your music, and have been inspired by your unattainable example. You and Ira were the bridge between The Delmore Brothers and the Everly Brothers. You were and are the standard by which other harmonists have been graded ever since. Your dedication to quality, beauty and grace will be a beacon for generations to come. Your music will live forever. May the Lord be with you always.

  38. Mr. & Mrs. Lyonel Beatty says:

    Dear Mr, Louvin,
    my husband Lyonel and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, you have broght us so many beautiful, heartfelt songs, and music for quite a few years now, you are a favorite with us, and always have been a winner. We love you and wish you well.
    GOD bless you. <3

  39. Debra Gilbert says:

    Dear Charlie,
    We sure missed you at the Haynes Reunion last year. I always enjoy seeing you & chatting a little. The church was standing room only . The sacred harp singing was beautiful. As usual the women outdid themselves on their food!! In the afternoon, there was a special prayer for your health & recovery. A card was passed around for everyone to sign. I hope you received it.
    We continue to pray for your comfort & healing.

  40. Cindy Williams says:

    Charlie and Betty,
    I am so glad that i was able to meet you both.I was a waitress at circle 9 Cafe in Wartrace.You both were special people and i only regret not keeping in touch with you over the last few years.Charlie will be missed .My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  41. […] Charlie’s official website, his son, Sonny Louvin, reported that while his father had returned home from the hospital on July 30, “the surgery did not go […]

  42. My deepest condolences to the Loudermilk Family. Country music will truly miss Charlie’s inspiration and his devotion. God bless.

  43. […] Charlie’s official website, his son, Sonny Louvin, reported that while his father had returned home from the hospital on July 30, “the surgery did not go […]

  44. Seph Naficy says:

    Dear Mr. Louvin: I don’t have much. But I recognize poetry when it passes my ears.
    I also have a few of your albums, which you graciously signed a few years ago in Memphis.
    Those albums are playing tonight, and your voice is filling the void.
    Tonight you are very much alive.
    Thank You, and Safe Passage.

  45. Rayburn WatkinsP says:

    Many years ago, when I was just a 4 or 5 year old kid, I became, friends with Charlie. That was 50 years ago during those years, he was a constant friend and never wavering from it!!! I could depend on him for anything, be never told me one time that he would do k or be somewhere that he didn’t make good on his promise !!!! I loved him like a father and can’t count all the things he did for me and my family! Mowed my yard, bought me groceries, pay my light bill, and carried me to the or and orpy more times than I came remember, introduced me to everyone like I was I was Importanto! Went and shared war stories at his home with him couldn’t have enjoyed anymore !!! I couldn’t of had a better a friend, and of course then there was Betty who made yoou feel at home are should I say like family, of course there’s Sonny and Glen who was always like family too! I can’t say enough good about this family !!!. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND YOU ARE LOVED FOREVER!!!!@

    • Jerry Walker says:

      I always enjoyed The Louvin Brothers music, and so did my dad. I can still picture my dad and mom singing “Born Again,” with my dad playing guitar and his brother playing mandolin. Good memories, all. Thank you, although I only found this web site today.

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