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Happy Birthday to Ralph Stanley

February 25th marks the 87th birthday for Ralph Stanley, who has been active in the music scene since 1946. Stanley was born in McClure VA, and his popularity reached a crescendo in 2000, when the movie 'O Brother Where Art Thou' was released.

Ralph Stanley
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The Appalachian dirge 'O Death', was utilized in the movie and resulted in Stanley winning the Best Male Country Performance award at the 2002 Grammy Awards. In June 2013, Stanley announced a farewell tour, scheduled to begin in Rocky Mount, NC, on October 18 2013 and extending to December, 2014.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinch_Mountain_Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xmRWj7gJEU