The Carter Family - Little Darling Pal Of Mine 1929




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Published on Aug 9, 2011

Recorded In 1928 - Peaked On US Billboard Music Charts At #14 In 1929 (2 weeks)
The Carter Family was a traditional American folk music group that recorded between 1927 and 1956. Their music had a profound impact on bluegrass, country, Southern Gospel, pop and rock musicians as well as on the U.S. folk revival of the 1960s. They were the first vocal group to become country music stars.
The original group consisted of Alvin Pleasant "A.P." Delaney Carter (1891--1960), his wife Sara Dougherty Carter (1898--1979), and his sister-in-law Maybelle Addington Carter (1909--1978). Maybelle was married to A.P.'s brother Ezra (Eck) Carter and was also Sara's first cousin. All three were born and raised in southwestern Virginia, where they were immersed in the tight harmonies of mountain gospel music and shape note singing.
Throughout the group's career, Sara Carter sang lead vocals; Maybelle sang harmony and accompanied the group instrumentally; on some songs A.P. did not perform at all but at times sang harmony and background vocals and once in a while, lead vocal. Maybelle's distinctive guitar playing style became a hallmark of the group.
The Carter Family made their first recordings on August 2, 1927. A.P. had persuaded Sara and Maybelle the day before to make the journey from Maces Spring, Virginia, to Bristol, Tennessee, to audition for record producer Ralph Peer, who was seeking new talents for the relatively embryonic recording industry. They received $50 for each song they recorded.
By the end of 1930 they had sold 300,000 records in the U.S. Realizing that he would benefit financially with each new song he collected and copyrighted, A.P. traveled around the southwestern Virginia area in search of new songs. In the early 1930s, he befriended Lesley "Esley" Riddle, a black guitar player from Kingsport, Tennessee. Esley accompanied A.P. on his song-collecting trips. In June 1931, the Carters did a recording session in Louisville, Kentucky along with Jimmie Rodgers. In 1933, Maybelle met The Cook Family Singers at the World's Fair in Chicago and fell in love with their signature sound. She asked them to tour with the Carter Family.
In the winter of 1938--39, the Carter Family traveled to Texas, where they had a twice-daily program on the border radio station XERA (later XERF) in Villa Acuña (now Ciudad Acuña, Mexico), across the border from Del Rio, Texas. In the 1939--40 season, the children of A.P. and Sara (Janette Carter, Joe Carter) and those of Maybelle (June Carter, Anita Carter, Helen Carter) joined the group for radio performances, now in San Antonio, Texas, where the programs were prerecorded and distributed to multiple border radio stations.
Rural music from the mid 20s through the Depression reflected four musical traditions. Central among these was the ballad tradition, inherited from England, commonly consisting of narratives of loss, death, and alienation, all experiences familiar to the communities that had found themselves isolated in various geographical pockets throughout the South. Another tradition was comprised of Anglo-Celtic dance tunes, maintained primarily by fiddlers who performed lively forms such as jigs and reels which were relatively easy to modify and mold into original tunes. A third tradition was the blues of African-Americans whom whites met in post-Industrial labor-intensive work settings, like railway building and mining. Finally, Protestant hymns were well known to all rural families of the South.

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