THE ORIGINAL CARTER FAMILY
Alvin Pleasant (A.P.) Delaney Carter (b. Apr 15, 1891, d. Nov 7, 1960)
Sara Dougherty (Carter) (b. Jul 21, 1898, d. Jan 8, 1979)
Maybelle Addington Carter (Sara's cousin, married to A.P.'s brother; b. May 10, 1909, d. Oct 23, 1978)
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PLAY "WILDWOOD FLOWER" MIDI FILE (15 KB) IN BACKGROUND
SOME CARTER FAMILY SONGS COVERED BY DYLAN:
- Bury Me Beneath The Willow
(1st McKenzie's Tape, Nov-Dec 1961 -- erroneously listed as "Baby of Mine" by Krogsgaard, Master of the Tracks),
from the Carter Family's first recording session, Bristol, VA/TN, Aug 1, 1927
- Wildwood Flower
(unreleased Basement Tapes, Woodstock, West Saugerties, NY, Spring-Fall 1967).
- John Hardy
(rehearsals with Grateful Dead, San Rafael, CA, 1987).
- Little Moses
(studio 1970 and 1975 (or hotel room?), various live performances during the "Never-Ending Tour", 1992-'93).
- The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore
(Gothenburg, S, Jun 28, 1992; probably learned from TOM PALEY's version).
- Railroading on the Great Divide
(Gerde's Folk City, late 1961, with Jim Kweskin or Ramblin' Jack Elliott),
composed by Sara Carter and originally recorded by the "A.P. Carter Family" (A.P., Sara, Joe and Janette Carter), Mar 7, 1952
- Will the Circle Be Unbroken
(aka "Can the Circle Be Unbroken")
(Minnesota Party Tape, May 1961)
TUNE OF CARTER FAMILY SONG USED FOR DYLAN COMPOSITION:
LISTEN (Real Audio) at
DYLAN SONG COVERED BY MEMBER OF THE CARTER FAMILY:
recorded by ANITA CARTER (daughter of Maybelle Carter), with HELEN CARTER (another daughter of Maybelle...), ERIC WEISSBERG, guitar/12-string guitar, ERNEST CALABRIA, guitar; CLYDE LOMBARDY, bass, BOB JOHNSON, banjo/lute, MILT OKUN, producer; New York, NY, Jan 1964;
released as MG 20487/SR 60847
(CD RE-RELEASE BY BEAR FAMILY RECORDS, BCD 15434, 1989).
While she [Anita Carter] was unfamiliar with the New York musicians, she was impressed with their talent. She says,
Members of the 1960s Carter Family (Maybelle and her daughters June, Anita and Helen) also provide backing-vocals on Johnny Cash's covers of Dylan songs.
"the musicians were all from left field that I hadn't worked with before, but they were excellent."
Ernest Calabria was Harry Belafonte's guitar player, and Eric Weissberg would later be widely acclaimed for his recording of Dueling Banjos from the movie Deliverance....
Otto Kitsinger, liner notes for Bear Family Records BCD 15434, 1989.