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Lonesome MelodiesThe Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers$
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David W. Johnson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036460

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036460.001.0001

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Lonesome Melodies

David W. Johnson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the Stanley Brothers’ struggles in the early 1950s with no record label or steady radio show to promote them. In May 1952 they moved to station WOAY in Oak Hill, West Virginia, repeating the pattern of doing radio shows to promote in-person performances, and, in mid-1952, without a contract, recorded four songs for Rich-R-Tone. But in the spring of 1953 the brothers signed with Mercury Records. During the Mercury years, Ralph also began writing songs as well as tunes, and was credited with contributing three songs to the band’s fifth Mercury session on November 28, 1954.

Keywords:   Ralph Stanley, Carter Stanley, Stanley Brothers, record labels, radio shows, Mercury Records

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