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Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone

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Subject: Obit: R.I.P Ralph Stanley - Another Great Gone
From: Janie
Date: 23 Jun 16 - 09:09 PM

Dr. Ralph Stanley has died this evening at age 89.

More sad than I can say.   http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/music-legend-ralph-stanley-dead-at/article_999fe47c-39a3-11e6-bcb5-c3ea35adb457.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Janie
Date: 23 Jun 16 - 09:21 PM

From "Bluegrass Today" Link to original article at bottom of post.

"It's hard to know what to say about legends in our industry. Accurately describing the importance of their contributions – and lifetime commitment – to bluegrass and traditional music is nearly impossible. This evening, one of the true founding fathers of this seventy-some year old musical genre, the International Bluegrass Hall of Honor and Grand Ole Opry member Ralph Edmund Stanley, has passed. He was 89 years of age and his family has indicated that he passed peacefully in his sleep after suffering from skin cancer.

His musical importance cannot be overemphasized. Stanley was one of the few artists of any genre whose music had a significant impact on several generations of listeners. While some will remember the legacy of his work alongside his late brother, Carter Stanley, from the mid-1940s through the mid-1960s, others discovered Stanley's music more recently, as his associations with the folk and Americana world grew thanks to the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack and work with Jim Lauderdale, among others. Still yet another group of fans will remember him most vividly from the early decades of his solo career, when alongside Roy Lee Centers, Curly Ray Cline, Jack Cooke, and others, he churned out album after album of mountain-tinged bluegrass, forever associating songs like Little Maggie, Pretty Polly, and Clinch Mountain Backstep with the Stanley name and sound.

Much of Stanley's story has become part of the story of bluegrass, and as such, is well-known by even more casual fans. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, located in the far southwest corner of the state in Dickenson County, his mother Lucy taught him to play clawhammer style banjo when he was a young teenager. Older brother Carter was musically gifted as well, and upon Ralph's discharge from the United States Army in 1946, the two joined together and began playing their own version of Bill Monroe's recently created bluegrass music (though it wouldn't be called that for at least another decade) on local and regional radio stations. Together, the Stanley Brothers helped form a sound that would ultimately become a style all its own – the Clinch Mountain sound.

Ralph Stanley teaches a workshop at the Berkshire Mountains Festival in 1980 - photo by Fred RobbinsThough Carter's excellent songwriting and smooth lead vocals formed a core part of the Clinch Mountain sound, its difference from the music being played by Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and other contemporaries arguably stemmed from Ralph. His driving, arpeggiated banjo style, led with the index finger instead of the thumb, and now known widely as "Stanley style," was (in the minds of many) as important to the development of bluegrass as the banjo itself. His singing, too, long set him apart from other bluegrass artists. For many years, he spoke of singing in the old-time mountain way. Influenced by his upbringing in the Primitive Baptist Church, both his lead and tenor vocals carried a sense of mournfulness and were different from other artists of the day. He brought unadorned Gospel music to bluegrass, recording many of the mountain hymns he grew up singing, such as Bright Morning Stars. He became strongly identified with this sound, in part thanks to the chilling, a capella rendition of O Death that became his trademark song in recent years.

Since the year 2000 and the release of the film O Brother Where Art Thou, Stanley's career had enjoyed a new illumination. The movie's hugely popular soundtrack, which earned Stanley a Grammy thanks to his contribution of O Death (a new cut of a song he had originally recorded as part of the Stanley Brothers), brought his music to an entirely new audience. During the same time, Stanley ensured that the Clinch Mountain sound was also passed down to new generations of his family, as son Ralph Stanley II moved on from the Clinch Mountain Boys to front his own band, and grandson Nathan Stanley performed as part of the Clinch Mountain Boys for several years, as well.

Ralph Stanley receives an honorary doctorate from Yale President Peter Salovey in 2014 - photo by Michael Marsland (Yale University)You could spend hours listing all the awards Stanley won over the course of his seventy-year career as a professional musician. Grammies, IBMA awards, Halls of Fame, a National Heritage Fellowship in the 1980s, the National Medal of Arts in 2006. The well-known honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University, lending him the moniker of Dr. Ralph Stanley since 1976, as well as the more recent honorary doctorate from Yale University in 2014. You could talk all day about his signature songs, spend weeks listening to the albums he has recorded or contributed to. Though it wasn't without its share of hard times and struggles, Stanley lived a life that was completely full of the music he loved.

The lines of one of Stanley's most iconic numbers ask, "Will you miss me when I'm gone?" Yes, we will miss him. We'll miss the stoic figure on stage, hands clasped at his waist, preparing to sing the sorrowful lines of Man of Constant Sorrow. We'll miss the crack of his arch top banjo, kicking off Clinch Mountain Backstep or switching to clawhammer style for some of our favorite tunes. We'll miss that Clinch Mountain sound. Like all legends, however, his memory and legacy will continue through the many lives he has touched, from former and current Clinch Mountain Boys to fans alike. Thankfully, his musical legacy will live on through Ralph II's leadership of the Clinch Mountain Boys, and the hundreds of Stanley songs that have become standards at back porch jams, on new recordings, and at concerts every day.

R.I.P., Ralph Stanley."

http://bluegrasstoday.com/ralph-stanley-passes/


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Richie
Date: 23 Jun 16 - 09:33 PM

Hi,

Oh bear him away on your snow-white wings,
To his eternal home,

Rest in Peace brother,

Richie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: GUEST,Larry the Radio Guy
Date: 23 Jun 16 - 10:14 PM

The first time I ever heard bluegrass was a 45 rpm record I picked up at The Funland Arcade in Edmonton, where at the age of about 12 or 13 I'd buy their used jukebox records for 5 for $1. It was THe Stanley Brothers singing The Window Up Above on one side, and THe Wild Side of LIfe on the other. I'd never head anything like it....and I was hooked!   I've been a Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley fan ever since.

Rest in Peace.

-Larry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Andrez
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 02:34 AM

No dont rest! Keep pickin up there and get the band back together again :-)

Like all above, I loved his work and sound too. Will have to riffle through my music collection this weekend and have a walk down memory lane.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: GUEST,pauperback
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 02:52 AM

Heaven's where the work's begun
Don't forget: pray for the dead

Ken


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 04:55 AM

As I recall, Robin Dransfield & I were very influenced by both the Stanley brothers in our early period of music. Goodbye Ralph,old buddy.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: voyager
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 09:06 AM

Ralph Stanley Tribute - Nashville Tennesseean


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Rex
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 10:40 AM

I like how Dr. Ralph was an innovator with the bluegrass banjo but would also play an old-time two-finger style he learned from his mother. He's with the Angel Band now. He and Carter can do those wonderful harmonies once again.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Stringsinger
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 01:22 PM

I remember the Stanley kids in 1954 singing on radio station W.W.V.A. in Wheeling, West Virginia. They were playing with fiddler Ralph Mayo. Bluegrass was fresh, alive and exciting in those days and they blew me away. I think Hugh Cherry, the disc jockey presided over that program.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: GUEST,Severn
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 01:45 PM

Oh my God! One of the greats, one of my musical heroes is gone. A sad day for us who loved to hear him....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Janie
Date: 24 Jun 16 - 02:04 PM

Daddy used to drive us crazy when he played the Stanley Brothers - back in the 50's - even when very young we had internalized the message that being an Appalachian hillbilly was a shameful thing.

So glad Daddy refused to turn the radio down.

He insisted, throughout his career in music, on the beauty of the Appalachian voice, best represented and preserved among the assorted and often quarrelsome Baptist congregations of the south central Appalachian region, and the context in which he first came to music. Vocally he never wavered or changed.

His influence on American music is well documented and well lauded, before and after Carter's death. He mentored many other musicians. His banjo playing has been very influential. But for me, his greatest instrument was his remarkable voice. Whether singing lead or harmony, his voice was a force of nature.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Janie
Date: 25 Jun 16 - 03:21 PM

Should it happen to be there is 'up there in Glory', the Stanley Brothers are singing together again.

The Stanleys' Will Sing Together Again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Felipa
Date: 25 Jun 16 - 08:05 PM

my post seems to have disappeared - was a link to Daily Beast article re Ralph Stanley, emphasizing his old timey roots rather than bluegrass


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Felipa
Date: 25 Jun 16 - 08:54 PM

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/24/old-time-music-great-ralph-stanley-found-his-power-in-his-homeland.html


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: GUEST,pauperback
Date: 26 Jun 16 - 08:44 PM

A lovely man

Ralph Stanley: A Mother's Prayer preview on Vimeo 


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Subject: RE: Obit: Ralph Stanley (1927-2016) Another Great Gone
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 30 Jun 16 - 06:42 AM

I was sorry to read this news. There is some excellent coverage on the web that details all his accomplishments. My condolences to all those who know and love him. I have added his name to the "In Memoriam" thread.

RIP

Peter


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