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Bluegrass legend's birthday celebration

By News 5 Staff, news@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 23 2014 04:11:39 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 23 2014 07:20:04 PM CST
OTD February 25 - Ralph Stanley

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1927: Bluegrass singer and banjo player Ralph Stanley is born in McClure, Va. Along with his older brother Carter Stanley, he formed the Stanley Brothers duo in 1946. They toured with their band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, for the next 20 years until Carter's death, becoming known for songs such as "Angel Band," "Rank Strangers," "Little Maggie" and "Man Of Constant Sorrow." Ralph Stanley continued as a solo artist after his brother's death, eventually reforming the Clinch Mountain Boys. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1992 and into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. In 2002, he received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his rendition of "Oh Death" from the movie soundtrack for "O Brother Where Art Thou."

ABINGDON, Va -

A bluegrass legend  celebrated a big birthday on Saturday.

Dr. Ralph Stanley turned 87-years-old and celebrated with a birthday party at the Heartwood in Abingdon. Diner, live music, and the birthday boy were all on hand for the celebration.

We caught up with Dr. Stanley as he talked about the year he's had while touring and playings music,"I've had a real good year, enjoyed myself, good weather and a lot of good playing, I've had a good year."


Dr. Stanley's birthday party is also a fundraiser for the Ralph Stanley Museum in Dickenson County.