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Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)

Vic Smith 02 Jan 20 - 07:10 AM
Vic Smith 02 Jan 20 - 07:22 AM
Jim McLean 02 Jan 20 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,Roger Knowles 02 Jan 20 - 10:42 AM
GUEST,Guest. Mike Rogers 02 Jan 20 - 11:37 AM
The Sandman 02 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM
John MacKenzie 02 Jan 20 - 12:18 PM
The Sandman 02 Jan 20 - 01:45 PM
Vic Smith 02 Jan 20 - 02:20 PM
beachcomber 03 Jan 20 - 06:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 03 Jan 20 - 09:51 AM
Vic Smith 03 Jan 20 - 10:03 AM
GUEST,Hootenanny 03 Jan 20 - 03:14 PM
Vic Smith 03 Jan 20 - 03:18 PM
GUEST,Saro Stanley 03 Jan 20 - 06:09 PM
beachcomber 03 Jan 20 - 08:26 PM
GUEST,Saro 04 Jan 20 - 05:34 AM
Jim McLean 05 Jan 20 - 03:26 PM
Waddon Pete 05 Jan 20 - 03:55 PM
GUEST,John dodds, Durham 09 Jan 20 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,Saro 10 Jan 20 - 09:26 AM
GUEST,Roger knowles 11 Jan 20 - 04:32 PM
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GUEST,Saro Stanley - Pete Stanley Funeral details 15 Jan 20 - 09:49 AM
Jim McLean 15 Jan 20 - 06:03 PM
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GUEST,Richard F Thompson 17 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM
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Subject: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 07:10 AM

Just read on the internet of the death of the superb banjo player, Pete Stanley. He was the musical partner of both Wizz Jones and of Brian Golbey back in the 1960s and made lots of radio broadcasts with them - particularly on the BBC's 'Country Meets Folk'. Pete and Brian toured all over the country but seemed to find a special place in Sussex where Brian was born and was based.
Reports reaching me told me that he had not been in good health for some time and the last time that I saw him was at Tom Paley's funeral.


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 07:22 AM

Here is his profile from the 'Discogs' website: -
"UK Banjo player Pete Stanley was first taught the banjo by Peggy Seeger, later he developed 3 finger Bluegrass and Clawhammer styles. He is unusual as he plays bluegrass style with his fingernails, not picks. In the 1960s he was in the Tennessee Three (with Dave and Robb Mangunan from California) and, for four years, in a duo with Wizz Jones. He was performed, on and off, with Brian Golby. He has been a banjo maker since attending a course at the London School of Furniture (now London Guildhall University). He plays both open back and resonator Banjos."


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: Jim McLean
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 07:47 AM

Sorry to hear that. I lived in the same building in Haverstock Hill, sharing a flat with Nigel Denver. Martin Carthy and his wife Dorothy lived across the corridor and Pete and his wife was on the same bottom floor.
A great banjo player and person.


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 10:42 AM

I had five or six years working as Pete's partner, we went all over the world, he's known as a great banjo player, but he was also absolutely fine on guitar and dulcimer.
He was a great part of my life and I'll miss him


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: GUEST,Guest. Mike Rogers
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 11:37 AM

Bugger. That's a shit start to the New Year.


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 11:42 AM

i saw him with wizz jones and also brian golbey[i think, did he have another musical partner later?] at downe club late sixties very gppd player , he looked a bit like the guy who used to be on the players cigs packet, great player


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 12:18 PM

Oddly enough, I have just digitised some tracks of Pete and Brian, that I have on audio cassette.
Great player, he shall be much missed.


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: The Sandman
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 01:45 PM

my apologies Roger, you were his musical partner too?


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Subject: RE: Pete Stanley R.I.P.
From: Vic Smith
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 02:20 PM

my apologies Roger, you were his musical partner too?
Conclusive that this was the case can be seen on Youtube by clicking here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: beachcomber
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 06:52 AM

OMG I just happened to mention, in another thread about wanting to hear Bluegrass music in London, later this month,that the last time I did so was in C 2000, in a North city pub, played by Pete Stanley. I'd heard him quite often on BBC Radio programmes and looked up his possible gig venues before I visited back then. It was quite a small pub and I got to chat briefly with him about Banjo playing. Cannot rem now who the guitar player was who accompanied him and sang.
Rest in Peace Pete, your music was sublime.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 09:51 AM

A search isn't turning up an obituary yet. Please post a link here when one is published. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: Vic Smith
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 10:03 AM

The news came in email from his former musical partner, Wizz Jones.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 03:14 PM

Vic,

Did Wizz give you any idea of when and where the funeral will be?

Myself and several other acquaintances all of whom picked with him regularly over the years until his illness would like to know.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: Vic Smith
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 03:18 PM

Sorry, no but it should be circulated soon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: GUEST,Saro Stanley
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 06:09 PM

Hi,
its Pete's daughter Saro. some of you will remember me as a little kid probably running around on stage between performances. My best dad in the world sadly past away yesterday. I was with him. I haven't made any funeral plans yet, as my brother still needs to get a flight from New Zealand. Wizz will be the first to know the arrangements. I was though really hoping that there could be a Pete Stanley Memorial gathering somewhere in London sometime soon and all and everyone would be welcome.
This is what dad wanted with lots of music and whiskey drinking !
Saro.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. [1940-2020(?)]
From: beachcomber
Date: 03 Jan 20 - 08:26 PM

I should think that a gathering in memoriam is a must Saro. I just hope that I will be in London whenever it happens. Condolences on the passing of your father, I loved his music.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Saro
Date: 04 Jan 20 - 05:34 AM

Thanks. We will try our best to organise a date for a gathering when everyone can come along. I've got lots of great photos to share of dad and everyone he's played with over the years. Pete Stanley [1937-2020]


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 05 Jan 20 - 03:26 PM

My wife Alison Chapman McLean took some photos of Pete when we were in the audience at the Decca Hootenanny show, May 1963.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 05 Jan 20 - 03:55 PM

Not only a fine banjo player but a fine banjo maker as well. Pete will be missed. His name has been added to the "In Memoriam" thread. My condolences to all his friends and family and those who miss him.

RIP

Peter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,John dodds, Durham
Date: 09 Jan 20 - 01:34 PM

Stayed with Pete in 2002 when we attended the Janette Carter event. What a unique generous guy he was. One of life's characters. R.I.P Pete.

What happened to the snake Saro ?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Saro
Date: 10 Jan 20 - 09:26 AM

Clio went to snake heaven.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Roger knowles
Date: 11 Jan 20 - 04:32 PM

Sent Saro the CDs she required, hope to see all of you at Pete's farewell as/when it's organised.
Regards to all off you missing Pete,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 20 - 04:09 AM

Has the funeral passed ?
I would of liked to of gone to say goodbye to peter , i knew him only a short time , but he was a good man
Sharon


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Saro Stanley - Pete Stanley Funeral details
Date: 15 Jan 20 - 09:49 AM

Pete Stanley passed peacefully in Devon.

The funeral will be Wednesday 22nd January. Higher Cemetery Chapel, St Marks Avenue, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2PX. 12.30pm. Parking is available along the cemetery lane through the cemetery gates on right hand side. Refreshments after the service The Horse and Groom Pub. 50-52 Fore street, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, EX1 2QL. Public car park nearby. We are also planning a Pete Stanley Memorial concert/gathering some time in early summer. To be confirmed.
Saro


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 15 Jan 20 - 06:03 PM

Saro, I'd love to be able to go but I live in North London and am getting up in years.
I have a photo of Pete taken at the Decca recording in 1963. If you'd like a copy could you either PM me or email me at jawmac@aol.com.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Roger knowles
Date: 16 Jan 20 - 12:33 PM

Saro,
My son is driving me down for the funeral. We'll be down the night before, and going home directly after the funeral.
See you there,
Roger


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Richard F Thompson
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 08:56 AM

Condolences.
Is there an obituary somewhere as I wish to report Pete's passing for the bluegrass music community and can't find much to meet my needs. I am on Facebook; you can PM me there. Thank you very much.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 10:50 AM

Here is a short obituary from FindAPerformer.net.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 12:56 PM

Thank you very much.
Anything for date and place of birth, please?
Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 04:57 PM

Just looked at the short obituary above. The heading "American Banjo Player" is wrong for starters.

There are several other people that teamed up with Pete over the years. American - Texan I think, Clay Jackson for one (as the Tennessee two), Donnie Scott for another when they appeared at the Lone Star in London. There are more.

He was a regular at the Ballads & Blues Association club in London in the early sixties.

I think there is still a video clip on You Tube of Pete playing the US national anthem to open the Galax Fiddlers Convention some years back.

In the nineties he often appeared at the long running picking sessions at The Hemingford Arms in the Barnsbury area of North London.

I also have a flyer from the sixties for "The Haverstock Hillbillies"; Pete Stanley, Martin Carthy & Redd Sullivan. " For Your Sunday Afternoon Entertainment.

Does this help?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Petand he ale Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,saro
Date: 17 Jan 20 - 08:34 PM

Pete, my father was indeed a 'British' Banjo Player. It was the Tennessee three in the 1960s and he did also perform alongside Clay Jackson who he initially met in Italy. Pete also performed many years later at the Lone Star Saloon in London with Donnie Gillie and also with a number of other musicians during that time. There is also indeed a you tube video of dad at Galax, Virginia playing the Star Spangled Banner the national anthem. This was a 'very' special moment. The funeral service is on Wednesday 22nd January in Exeter Devon and there is also a Memorial Concert/tribute planned later at Cecil Sharp House London for 16th May 2020. Details to follow. We also are planning to show a collection of photos and memorabilia throughout Pete's long career from the late 50's onwards to view at the concert venue.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Saro
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 06:34 AM

Is there anyone who could help me write an article about my father, Pete Stanley? Or someone who would like to write it and it could be published in the Papers. I already have a collection of articles and reviews written about Pete over the years for the bluegrass magazines etc. Also a very good documented interview of Pete by John Baldry and Dave Cotton in 1982. Please get in touch.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 07:12 AM

Hi Saro,
As I say, I am trying to write something suitable for the bluegrass music community.
I am on Facebook; you can PM me there.
Thank you very much.
Richard F Thompson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Pete Stanley R.I.P. (1940-2020)
From: GUEST,Saro
Date: 18 Jan 20 - 10:39 AM

Hi Richard, thanks for the message. I'll get in touch via FB. Many thanks.
Saro


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