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Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

David W. Johnson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

Carter and Ralph Stanley—the Stanley Brothers—are comparable to Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as important members of the earliest generation of bluegrass musicians. This biography of the brothers ... More


. Smith Ridge

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the death of Carter on December 1, 1966 at the age of 41, and the events that followed. It also raises the question of how successful the Stanley Brothers would have been if ... More


. Coast to Coast

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ professional life in the early 1960s. It covers their live performances in New York City in 1961 and 1962; the death of their father Lee Stanley on August ... More


. Hard Times

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ struggles in the early 1950s with no record label or steady radio show to promote them. In May 1952 they moved to station WOAY in Oak Hill, West Virginia, ... More


. Starving Out

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter descries the financial struggles of the Stanley Brothers in the 1960s; their recordings for Wango Records and King Records; their growing reputation as a gospel group; their performances ... More


. What the Doctor Said

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ physician, Doctor Bruce William Mongle; Carter’s alcoholism; the brothers’ tour and live performances in 1966; and Carter’s deteriorating health.


. Mercury Falling

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ career from 1954–1958. These include their recordings for the Mercury label; the decline of the market for old-time country with the rise of rock and ... More


. Many Days of My Childhood

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the event that changed the life of Carter and Ralph Stanley: After fifteen years of marriage, their father Lee abandoned them to be with a younger woman. Carter was thirteen or ... More


. In Search of a Sound

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ life on the road from 1947–1948; Carter’s developing skills as a songwriter; and the evolution of the brothers’ music from the sweet harmony of brother ... More


. Lonesome Melodies

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ contract with Columbia Records, signed in October 1948; their Columbia recordings; the evolution of their high baritone sound and instrumental sound; the ... More


. The Hills of Home

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter first paints a picture of the region that shaped the personalities of Carter and Ralph Stanley—the Appalachians—and then describes their family, childhood, and the development of their ... More


. Suwannee to Cincinnati

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ time with the Suwannee River Jamboree radio show; their recordings sessions for Starday in summer 1958; and their recordings for King Records in ... More


. The Well-Known Stanley Brothers

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ professional life in the late 1950s. It covers the brothers’ tours and live performances; and their recordings for Starday and King Records.


. Brothers in Arms

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the boys’ lives in the 1930s and 1940s, and details how they fulfilled society’s expectations for male children who grew up during this era. These include helping the family by ... More


. Folk Tales

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ relocation to Florida and their recordings for King Records; their writing of gospel songs; the folk music revival in the United States in 1958–1959; and ... More


. A Band on the Run

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes Carter’s time in the band of fellow veteran Roy Sykes; the Stanley brothers’ formation of their band; and the role of their father Lee as their manager and agent. The months of ... More


. The Road Turns Rocky

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ move to Shreveport, Louisiana, in the fall of 1950 to join the cast of radio station KWKH’s Louisiana Hayride; the reasons behind the band’s departure ... More


. Making Record Time

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ recordings for the Rich-R-Tone label, run by Hobart Stanton. For their recording sessions, Stanton brought the brothers into the studio of rival Bristol ... More


. “Come on Along, Join in the Song”

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ successful radio show at WCYB. The popularity of Farm and Fun Time led to a steady flow of requests for personal appearances that the new band—with Lee ... More


. Radio, Records, and Copyrights

David W. Johnson

in Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036460
eISBN:
9781617036477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the importance of Bristol, Virginia’s WCYB to the career of the Stanley Brothers. Without the regional celebrity they acquired almost overnight on WCYB, Carter and Ralph might ... More


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