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February 9

Don Gibson’s “Sea of Heartbreak”: A Feeling of Lost Love

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An awesomely talented singer and song writer, Don Gibson became a prominent figure in the country music realm in the 1950’s and 1960’s. His smooth, pleasing vocal style and ruggedly handsome looks particularly pleased women during his time. He is undeniably one of the most gifted composers of the “Nashville Sound” era. He wrote songs not just for himself, but also for  fellow singers. Nashville sound is a subgenre of American country music originated back in the mid 1950s. It competed with the dominance of honky-tonk music, which was also the most popular during the 1940s and early 1950s. If honky tonk is described asbeen devastated by the rise of rock & roll.

Don Gibson’s creative contribution during his time ranked a great importance in helping country music to crossover to the pop charts. He considered himself as one of the tortured souls who poured his heart out in his sorrowful songs. He was an effective purveyor of classic songs dealing with heartbreak and loneliness.

Sea of a Heartbreak

One of the songs that exemplify his deep emotions is the “Sea of Heartbreak.” It is a one of Gibson’s song that influences the music industry in different genres. Paul Hampton and Hal David own the credits for the creation of the song. It reached reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It has been covered by a number of artists, perhaps most famously by Johnny Cash. The track describes the feelings of lost love and compares them to being lost in a metaphorical sea of intensely sad emotion.

Yeah, the sea of heartbreak
Lost love and loneliness
Memories of your caress so divine
How I wish you were mine

Don Gibson and his countrified journey

“I consider myself a songwriter who sings rather than a singer who writes songs.”

Tagged as the Sad Poet of country music, his songs frequently spoke of loneliness and unrequited love. His music used plain languages and riveting melodies that communicate strong emotions. His rich baritone voice deeply conveyed tales about solitude, love, and sadness.

He wrote songs for Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Kitty Wells, Emmilou Harris, Roy Orbison, and many other artists.He scored numerous singles on the chart, as a performer and a songwriter.


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