In the opinion of many, Carter possessed the best lead voice in bluegrass history -- rich, emotional, and in the best sense of the word Hold Me - Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits. He took a happy song and sang it sad; he took a sad song and sang it sadder.
And Ralph's unworldly mountain tenor matched his brother's voice perfectly, soaring above and often lightening the emotional load of the lyrics, creating a duet unsurpassed in country history. Ralph and Carter were born into a musical family -- their father sang and their mother played banjo.
As teenagers, the brothers began performing around their hometown. Carter was discharged before Ralph. He quit the group as soon as Ralph returned from the Army in October ofand the brothers formed a band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.
While they appeared on the show, they gained quite a following and soon signed a contract with the Rich-R-Tone label. The Stanleys made their first records early inthe same year they began playing various radio stations in the South, including ones in North Carolina, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
The Brothers and their five-piece Clinch Mountain Boys were developing their style, moving from traditional string band sounds to a Monroe-inspired bluegrass style. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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Sumner was soon to be replaced by Leslie Keith. Their records sold well, "outselling even Eddy Arnold " regionally. Financially hard times in the early s forced the brothers to take a Lonely Tombs - The Stanley Brothers - On WCYB Bristol break in their musical career. They began working for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit.
Eventually, Monroe and the Stanley Brothers became friends, and Carter performed for several months with Bill Monroe in the summer of In AugustRalph was involved in a serious automobile accident that almost ended his career. The three-hour show was also syndicated across the Southeast. Contents [ show ]. Country Pickin' and Singin'. Hymns and Sacred Songs. Mountain Song Favorites.
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