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Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley performs April 20, 2008
The Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
Background information
Birth name Ralph Edmund Stanley
Also known as "Dr. Ralph Stanley"
Born February 25, 1927(1927-02-25)
McClure, Virginia, United States
Origin Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, United States
Died June 23, 2016(2016-06-23) (aged 89)
Coeburn, Virginia, United States
Genres Bluegrass, old-time music
Occupations Bluegrass musician
Instruments Banjo
Years active 1946–2015
Labels Columbia, Rebel
Associated acts Clinch Mountain Boys, Stanley Brothers

Ralph Edmund Stanley (February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016), also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley, was an American bluegrass artist. He was known for his unique singing and banjo playing.[1]

On June 23, 2016, Stanley died of skin cancer in Coeburn, Virginia, aged 89.[2]


  1. Trischka, Tony, "Ralph Stanley", Banjo Song Book, Oak Publications, 1977
  2. "Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley dies at the age of 89". June 22, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2016.

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