Carl Story


Carl Story Famous memorial

Lenoir, Caldwell County, North Carolina, USA
Death 31 Mar 1995 (aged 78)
Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Greer, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 20050 View Source

Bluegrass Singer. He was known as one the pioneers who helped create the gospel bluegrass sound. He was born in Lenoir, North Carolina in 1916 and later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia in the early 1930s and started to hosting his own radio show until 1935. He then located to Spartanburg, South Carolina and soon joined a group called The Lonesome Mountaineers, performing at local events. From there he and band member Johnnie Whisnant left the group to form The Rambling Mountaineers, and began to play at several radio stations and shows throughout the south until 1940. He met Bill Monroe and was hired to play fiddle in Bill's Blue Grass Boys Band. In 1943 Carl left Monroe to join the Navy. After his discharge from the Navy he started to reforming The Rambling Mountaineers and was soon performing on radio stations and selling records all over the country. In 1947, He began to record secular and gospel songs on Mercury Records for the next five years. And in 1952 he recorded several single records for the Columbia label. Carl became a major act on the bluegrass festival circuit for the next twenty years. In the 70's, Story began to record less but still made time for touring and from time to time would deejay at a radio station near his home in Greenville, South Carolina. Carl died March 31, 1995 , and among those at his funeral were Bill Monroe better known now as the father of bluegrass.

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  • Added: 31 Jan 2001
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Story (29 May 1916–31 Mar 1995), Find a Grave Memorial ID 20050, citing Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Greer, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .