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Now for the 1st time, state track authority Charles ok. Wolfe gathers jointly his profiles of fifty legends of state track, together with invoice Monroe, Lefty Frizzell, and Kitty Wells.

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Though the Carters were relatively young (Maybelle was only eighteen), they were full of old songs they had learned in their nearby mountain home of Maces Spring, Virginia. The first one they tried was “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow,” an old nineteenth-century lament that both girls had known since childhood. Peer at once realized that he had something. ” And it was. Peer cut three more songs that night and asked the group to return the next morning to cut two more. These six sides became the start of one of the most incredible dynasties in American music.

Most of the music, however, was really the work of Sara and Maybelle. ” In one sense, then, the Carter Family could be thought of as country music’s first successful female singing group, since most of the records focused on Sara and Maybelle’s work. ’s great talent was finding songs; he would travel far into the mountains looking for them. P. would write down the words to songs he liked; it was Lesley’s job to memorize the music. P. ” In 1938 the Carters hit big-time radio, moving from the Virginia mountains to the dusty border town of Del Rio, Texas.

The family soon found that they would be earning the salary, and that, regardless of how glamorous it sounded, regular radio broadcasting could be grueling. Their contract called for them to broadcast twice a day, six days a week; afternoons were taken up with rehearsals, and some mornings were given over to cutting transcriptions for the station to play for their early morning show; one hard morning’s work would yield enough recorded programs to allow the group to sleep in the other days. Then, every evening at 8:10, there was the live show to do; “You hardly had any time to yourself,” Maybelle recalled.

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