Ernest Van "Pop" Stoneman May 25, Wholl Stop The Rain - The Stonemans - In All Honesty June 14, was an American musician ranked among the prominent recording artists of country music 's first commercial decade. Born in a log cabin in Monarat Iron RidgeCarroll CountyVirginia, near what would Fain Would I Change That Note - Various - Music Of Shakespeares Time become Galax, VirginiaStoneman was left motherless at age three and was raised by his father and three musically inclined cousins, who taught him the instrumental and vocal traditions of Blue Ridge mountain culture.
He became a singer and songwriter, and proficient musician on the guitar, autoharpharmonica, clawhammer banjoand jaw harp. When he married Hattie Frost in Novemberhe entered another Wholl Stop The Rain - The Stonemans - In All Honesty involved family.
He and Hattie had 23 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood:. Stoneman worked at a variety of jobs, in mines, mills, but mostly carpentry, and played music for his own enjoyment and that of his neighbors, but when he heard a Henry Whitter record inhe determined to better it and changed his life as well. The record was shelved and he had to return for another recording session in January Ralph Peer directed him through several sessions for Okeh and Victor, and he freelanced on other labels such as EdisonGennett and Paramount Records.
Inhe added family musicians to his group for a full string band sound. He continued to be active in recording through Between and Stoneman recorded more than songs.
Falling on hard times during the Depressionthe Stonemans and their nine surviving children moved to the Washington, D. There they had four more children and struggled through dire poverty, with Stoneman taking whatever work he could find and trying to revive his musical career.
InStoneman bought a lot in Carmody HillsMaryland, where he built a shack for the family and eventually obtained a more or less Blindman - Ringo Starr - Goodnight Vienna job at the Naval Gun Factory. Inthe Stoneman Family won a talent contest at Constitution Hall that gave them six months' exposure on local television.
Stoneman retired from labor and the Champs went full-time to become the Stonemans. They did albums for Starday in and and inwent to Texas and California, cutting an album for World Pacific, playing at Disneylandon some network shows and at several folk festivals. Pop Stoneman died in at age From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American singer-songwriter. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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