Carter Stanley (1927 - 1966), along with his brother Ralph, who is still performing, was an essential part of one of the most celebrated bluegrass outfits of all time, the Stanley Brothers. The brothers got their start and began playing together professionally around their hometown of McClure, Virginia after returning from their military service in World War II. With Carter on banjo and his younger brother Ralph manning the guitar, they set about writing and singing traditional bluegass songs distinguished by the brothers' gloriously mournful harmonies.
Carter died in 1966 from a liver ailment and his contributions to the bluegrass world were memorialized on this tribute 45 released on the Fortune label out of Detroit. Despite the fact that Fortune is probably better known for their rhthym and blues, soul and vocal groups sounds, the label frequently hosted hillbilly recording session as well.