Happy Birthday to my friend Jeanie Stanley, born April 30, 1962, the youngest child of Carter and Mary Stanley. Sadly, Carter Stanley died on December 1, 1966, at the age of 41. Jeanie was four years old at the time. Jeanie heard many stories from her mother about her dad, his travels and his music, making sure his “Baby Girl” would not forget him. Mary never encouraged Jeanie to follow in Carter’s footsteps as she knew what a hard life the show on the road can be. When Jeanie found herself searching and focusing on her dad’s music, she realized it was the right time in her life to use her talents to produce a tribute to Carter and the Bluegrass music he loved, recording an album, entitled “Baby Girl: A Tribute to My Father, Carter Stanley” on CMH Records.
Jeanie is happily married and living in Lake City, Florida.

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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