Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Last Carter Family child passes away

Hey "Walk The Line" fans. Perk up a minute.

For all those who fell in love with Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, you will be saddened to learn that Janette Carter has passed away. Here is the story from Reuters:

Janette Carter of country music Carter Family dies

(Reuters) - Janette Carter, the last surviving child of country music's original Carter Family, has died, a family friend said on Monday. Carter, 82, had been ill for some time and died on Sunday at a hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee, said family friend Dixie Hall.

Carter led a drive that culminated with the founding of a museum and amphitheater called "The Fold" at the family's Hiltons, Virginia, homestead which draws 50,000 fans of country and bluegrass music annually. She was born to A.P. and Sara Carter, who formed the Carter Family -- known as "The First Family of Country Music" -- with Maybelle Carter, who was married to A.P.'s brother Ezra.

Carter joined her parents on stage in the 1950s, then recorded solo sporadically after the group disbanded. Another incarnation of the Carter Family was led by Maybelle on autoharp and her daughters June and Helen. June Carter married Johnny Cash. Last year, Janette Carter received a Grammy lifetime achievement award on behalf of the Carter Family, whose classics included "Wildwood Flower" and "Keep on the Sunny Side."

She fell and hurt her shoulder at "The Fold" in July but insisted on returning from the hospital to take the stage to join a chorus of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

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