1928 - Born on April 3rd in Shelby into a poor sharecropping family in North Carolina, Don Gibson developed an interest in music during his teens years, the recordings of Django Reinhardt in particular inspiring his exploration on the guitar.
1948 - Gibson continued to develop his musical skills, performing at local dances until his band Sons of the Soil landed a regular spot peforming on the Shelby radio station WOHS.
1949 - The following year he began recording for the Mercury label, undertaking his first sessions at WBBO in Forest City.
1950 - He had moved to Knoxville, where he made a switch to RCA and became a part of the WNOX broadcasts Tennessee Barn Dance and Midday Merry-Go-Round.
1955 - After brief periods with Columbia and MGM, that Gibson finally established himself as a songwriter - the vocation for which he would be most highly regarded - with the creation of Sweet Dreams.
1957 - Gibson once again signed with RCA and released a string of popular, Chet Atkins-produced singles. His second time around with the label was given a lively start with the crossover hit Oh Lonesome Me: an accomplishment that was to be repeated 11 times over the next four years through songs such as Blue Blue Day, Sea of Heartbreak, Just One Time, and, most significantly, I Can't Stop Loving You.
1958 - He was invited to become a part of the Grand Ole Opry.
1967 - A retreat back to Shelby was made, where he met Barbara Patterson.
1969 - After moving on from RCA to sign with Hickory Records, Gibson made a few more visits to the upper reaches of the country charts, the final entry taking place with "Woman" (Sensuous Woman).
- Married Barbara Patterson, with the help of his new wife he managed to overcome his chemical dependencies and return to work before the end of the decade.
1975-1980 - His membership in the Grand Ole Opry was renewed, and he continued to produce reasonably well-received material, but during the 80s and 90s his activity became primarily restricted to occasional tours and Opry appearances.
2003 - Died on November 17th in Nashville, Tennesee.
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