Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dr. Ralph

Dr. Ralph Stanley turns 85 years old today.  He started singing and picking banjo professionally in 1946 with his brother, Carter, and the Clinch Mountain Boys.  After Carter's death in 1966, his fans urged him to continue his music with the Clinch Mountain boys, and he decided to give it a try. I'm so glad he did.

In the year 2000, Dr. Ralph's music was featured in the movie, O Brother, Where art Thou, which introduced his music to millions that had not heard it before.  In 2002, he won a Grammy for his song, O Death.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Ralph.  I hope you are pickin' for many more years!