Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

November 20, 2003

Don Gibson, 75, the reclusive songwriter and singer who transformed his loneliness into such piercing country music classics as "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Sweet Dreams" and "Oh Lonesome Me," died Monday in a Nashville hospital.

Mr. Gibson recorded 23 Top 10 country hits of his own from 1956 to 1974 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, 18 years after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Ike & Tina Turner and Reba McEntire are among the hundreds of musicians who have recorded his songs.

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