The Don Gibson Theater!
One of America's greatest singer/songwriters was born in 1928 in
Shelby, NC. Don Gibson was a legend in country music, rockabilly,
r&b and beyond.
The mention of his name brings to mind so many of his songs: Ray
Charles singing "I Can't Stop Loving You", Patsy Cline singing "Sweet
Dream", Roy Orbison's entire album "Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson", Doc
Watson singing "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles" and even Neil Young
singing "Oh Lonesome Me."
Don Gibson was an accomplished singer and musician in his own right.
His voice was a rich and woody baritone, very engaging and enjoyable.
His version of "Oh Lonesome Me" was recorded in 1957 and was a hit on
both the country and pop charts (the guitar solo is classic). He
followed with "Sea of Heartbreak", "Legend In My Time", "Lonesome
Number 1", "I Can Mend Your Broken Heart", "Woman Sensuous Woman" and
so many others.
More than 700 artists recorded his songs. He was inducted into the
Nashville Songwriters hall of fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall
of Fame in 2001.
Don Gibson was a shy and humble man, who eschewed many of the honors
due him. WSM's Eddie Stubbs tells the story of Gibson not showing up
for a parade in his honor because he felt that he didn't deserve the
recognition. Don Gibson passed away in 2003 and was buried in Shelby.
Shelby, NC is now honoring their famous son through the Don Gibson Theater!
The State Theater was built in 1939 in Shelby, and has long been
recognized as a masterpiece of Art Deco design. The Theater had a long
run, changing hands and names throughout the years. It has now been
refurbished and renamed the Don Gibson Theater.
The Don Gibson Theater is becoming one of the most beautiful and
interesting venues in North Carolina for several genres of live music
and classic film! Click the link below for the current schedule of performances and more information.
The Don Gibson Theater