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Thread #89700 Message #1726249
Posted By: Mark Clark
24-Apr-06 - 04:02 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Bright Morning Star
Subject: RE: Origins: Bright Morning Star
I checked my collection and the song was recorded by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys on February 23, 1971. The album title is "Cry From the Cross." If johnross' memory is correct and 1971 was the year Tucker and Stanley were both on the U of C Festival bill, Ralph's recording session would have been just over three weeks after the festival. Ralph was in his prime on this session and it was one of the best bands he ever had including the late Roy Lee Centers plus Rickie [sic] Skaggs and the late Keith Whitley in addition to Jack Cooke and the late Curly Ray Cline.
The song is listed on the album cover as Bright Morning Star but they sing it, a capella with a slowly strummed guitar chord between verses, as "Bright morning stars are rising." As with most Stanley LPs, there are no liner notes and no background on any of the songs.
Of course Ralph and the Stanley Brothers recorded everything they knew over and over and over again so this date is no guarantee that the Stanley Brothers didn't record it. Still, I own and have heard a large amount of Stanley Brothers material and haven't found Bright Morning Stars prior to 1971.