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Ralph Stanley
Ralph Stanley plays banjo April 20, 2008.jpg
Ralph Stanley performs April 20, 2008
The Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
Background information
Birth nameRalph Edmund Stanley
Also known as"Dr. Ralph Stanley"
BornFebruary 25, 1927(1927-02-25)
McClure, Virginia, United States
OriginBig Spraddle Creek, Virginia, United States
DiedJune 23, 2016(2016-06-23) (aged 89)
Coeburn, Virginia, United States
GenresBluegrass, old-time music
Occupation(s)Bluegrass musician
Years active1946–2015
LabelsColumbia, Rebel
Associated actsClinch 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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