The artist was often referred to as Dr. Ralph Stanley because of an honorary degree he received in 1976 from Tennessee’s Lincoln Memorial University. He was later awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Yale in 2014.
Stanley was born on Feb. 25, 1927, in McClure, Virginia -- in the rural southwest corner of the state. Often referred to as the founding father of bluegrass, Monroe learned the banjo, with help from his mother, Lucy. She taught Ralph and his brother Carter Stanley how to play in what was called the ...
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