December 20, 1935 – February 5, 1980 Remembering “Chubby” Anthony

Remembering Donald Lee “Chubby” Anthony (December 20, 1935 – February 5, 1980) born in Lincolnton, North Carolina, USA. Anthony was a talented bluegrass musician who learned fiddle, banjo and guitar as a child. By his teens he was playing fiddle regularly with various groups in the Shelby area of North Carolina. In the mid-50s, he was appearing on a daily television show in Asheville as part of Cousin Wilbur’s band. In 1956, he became one of the Stanley Brothers Clinch Mountain Boys and recorded with them in Nashville in 1956/7. He relocated to Florida with the Stanleys, making further recordings at WNER Live Oak in 1959. After leaving the Stanleys, he played on occasions with Charlie Moore and Bill Napier, but made no further recordings until 1976, when he played on Moore’s notedWheeling. In 1978, he recorded his first solo album and also formed Big Timber Bluegrass, with whom he recorded albums for Old Homestead Records. In June 1979, Anthony was hospitalized with kidney failure and connected problems, which led to his death at his home in Willborn, 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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