RALPH STANLEY HONORED BY AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Founded in 1780 to recognize the foremost “thinkers and doers” in the United States, the Academy includes George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. among its members.
In addition to Stanley, this year’s honorees include Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx, actor and director Al Pacino and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, among others.
Recognized as a leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, Stanley began his career in 1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers. The group performed, recorded and appeared on television until singer/songwriter Carter Stanley’s death in 1966. Since then, he has led his own band and won three Grammy Awards, including “Best Male Country Vocal Performance” in 2001, for his a cappella performance of “O Death” on the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou?
PHOTO: Ralph Stanley performs at CMA’s Fan Fair 1997.