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Roba Stanley

April 13, 1985 OHC27 55 min.


Pioneer country performer. Born 1910. Died June 8, 1986. One of the first women in country music to make solo recordings. Recorded in 1924 and 1925 for Okeh Records. Recordings include “Devilish Mary,” “All Night Long,” and “Single Life.”

Interview Summary

1985 April 13
(55 minutes)
Roba Stanley Baldwin discusses her career in country music during the 1920s, when she performed as Roba Stanley. She recalls her musical family and the musical talents of her father; memories of performing; a description of an early recording session; country musicians she knew in the 1920s, including Fiddlin’ John Carson, Gid Tanner, and Earl Johnson; her guitar style; and her decision to leave the music business.

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