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Ralph Stanley

October 19, 1968 OH372 5 min.


Pioneer bluegrass performer. Born February 25, 1927. Full name: Ralph Edmond Stanley. Banjoist and singer. Performed with brother, Carter Stanley, as the Stanley Brothers from the late 1940s until Carter’s death in 1966. Recorded for Columbia, Mercury, and King record labels. In 1966 he formed the Clinch Mountain Boys. Member, International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

Interview Summary

1968 October 19
(5 minutes)
Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley gives a brief overview of his life and career. Discussion includes his childhood and family background; early musical influences and his first banjo; and the start of his career.

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