Tuesday, June 11, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Original Carter Family

Artist:The Original Carter Family
Song:Worried Man Blues
Album:Can The Circle Be Unbroken

Today when most fans think of The Carter Family, they think of June Carter Cash who married Johnny Cash and sang with her sisters. But The Original Carter Family as they are billed on this CD were pioneers of bluegrass and country music and wrote many country music standards like Worried Man Blues. The leader of this group was Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter, known as A.P. or Doc. He was born Dec. 15, 1891 in Maces Springs, VA. He married Sara Dougherty in 1915. They formed The Carter Family with sister in law Maybelle Carter and first recorded for RCA Victor in 1927. Along with Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family were the first successful country music stars. They were touring nationally until the 1929 stock market crash. They still recorded during The Great Depression of the 30s but were financially unable to tour. And A.P. and Sara were having marriage problems and they divorced in 1939. But the group continued. Worried Man Blues is one of many country music standards written by A.P. Carter and this Sony budget CD consists of recordings they did for Okeh Records in 1935. By 1939 The Carter Family had their own radio show in Texas and several Carter children joined the group but they weren't on The Carter Family recordings. In 1943, Sara Carter retired and moved to California with her new husband and A.P. Carter moved back to Virginia and owned a general store. Maybelle Carter formed a new group with daughters Helen, June and Anita and that's the Carter Family group a lot of fans are familiar with. They were usually billed as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. A.P. and Sara reformed The Carter Family in 1952 with their children but it wasn't successful and they disbanded in 1956. A.P. Carter died on Nov. 7, 1960 at age 68 and The Carter Family was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1970. John Carter Cash currently leads Carter Family III. So The Carter Family legacy continues. Here's a video of Worried Man Blues by The Original Carter Family.

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