Ralph Stanley

Born Feb 25, 1927

Ralph Stanley, also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley, is an American bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing.

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1927 Birth Born on February 25, 1927.
1936 9 Years Old Ralph Edmond Stanley was born, grew up, and lived in rural Southwest Virginia—"in a little town called McClure at a place called Big Spraddle, just up the holler" from where he moved in 1936 and lived ever since in Dickenson County. … Read More


1945 18 Years Old He graduated from high school on May 2, 1945 and was inducted into the Army on May 16, serving "little more than a year." … Read More
1946 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After considering a course in "veterinary", he decided instead to throw in with his older guitar-playing brother Carter Stanley (1925–1966) to form the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. … Read More


1967 40 Years Old Ralph kept the band name when he continued as a solo after Carter's death, from 1967 to the present. … Read More
1970 43 Years Old Around 1970, he ran for Clerk of Court and Commissioner of Revenue in Dickenson County only to state this:


2000 - 2002 2 More Events
2006 79 Years Old 1 More Event
He was featured in the Josh Turner hit song "Me and God" released in 2006.
2007 80 Years Old On November 10, 2007, Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys performed at a rally for presidential candidate John Edwards in Des Moines, Iowa, just before the Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner. … Read More
2009 82 Years Old Stanley's autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow, coauthored with the music journalist Eddie Dean, was released by Gotham Books on October 15, 2009.
2012 85 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Stanley was featured on several tracks of the soundtrack for Nick Cave's film Lawless, with music by Cave and Warren Ellis. … Read More
2013 86 Years Old In June 2013, he announced a farewell tour, scheduled to begin in Rocky Mount, NC, on October 18 and extending to December 2014. … Read More
2016 89 Years Old On June 23, 2016, Stanley died as a result of skin cancer. … Read More
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