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Anita Carter
Anita Carter
July 29, 1999
Age 66
Rheumatoid arthritis***
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     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Anita Carter, who sang and played stand-up bass with  
    the Carter Sisters, the legendary country music act, died Thursday. She was  
    66.  

    The cause of death was not immediately known. Ms. Carter had suffered from  
    rheumatoid arthritis for several years.  ***(explained)

    June, Anita and Helen Carter performed with the Carter Family as children,  
    and then with Mother Maybelle & the Carter Sisters.  

    Anita's soprano made her the featured singer, while June was a gifted  
    comedienne and Helen was considered the best overall musician.  

    The Carter Sisters joined the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1950, opened shows  
    for Elvis Presley and joined the Johnny Cash show in 1961.  

    On her own, Anita Carter scored a No. 2 hit in 1951 with ``Down the Trail of  
    Achin' Hearts,'' and had hit duets with Hank Snow and Waylon Jennings. She  
    recorded albums of folk songs in the 1960s. 

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      Anita Carter, Country Singer, Is Dead at 66

              Anita Carter, a member of country music's pioneering Carter Family 
              and a star in her own right, died in her home in Goodlettsville, 
              Tenn., near Nashville, on Thursday. She was 66.  

              The cause was not yet known, Lou Robin, her manager, told the 
              Associated Press. Ms. Carter had rheumatoid arthritis for the last few 
              years.  ***(explained)

              Ms. Carter was one of three daughters of Ezra and Maybelle Carter, 
              who formed the country singing group the Carter Family along with her 
              cousin, Sara, and A.P. Carter (Sara's husband and Ezra's brother).  

              In 1927 the Carter Family drove from their Virginia mountain home to 
              Tennessee and during the next 16 years recorded some 250 songs, one 
              of the most important and influential bodies of work in country and folk 
              music.  

              As a child, Anita (born Ina Anita Carter in Maces Springs, Va.) hated to 
              be separated from her mother when the Carter Family left to perform at 
              radio stations, so she was brought along. When she was 4, she made her 
              radio debut with a singsong child's rhyme. The performance was such a 
              success that soon she and her sisters were regularly singing with the 
              Carter Family on Texas station XERA, a powerful radio broadcast set 
              up mainly so that a quack doctor could advertise his unusual remedies for 
              impotence.  

              When the Carter Family split up in 1943, Maybelle and her three 
              daughters -- June, Helen and Anita -- formed Mother Maybelle and the 
              Carter Singers, performing such Carter Family standards as "Wildwood 
              Flower," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "Keep on the Sunny Side."  

              In the late '40s, Chet Atkins played guitar with them before establishing 
              himself in Nashville. In the '50s and early '60s, the group joined the 
              Grand Ole Opry and performed on bills with Elvis Presley and Johnny 
              Cash, recording the hit "Busted" with Cash. Presley was said to have had 
              an unrequited crush on Anita.  

              An accomplished stand-up bassist with a beautiful soprano voice, Anita 
              Carter also appeared on television shows like "The Kate Smith Evening 
              Hour," where she could be seen singing with (and being wooed by) Hank 
              Williams in one of the legendary country singer's few television 
              appearances. Her sister June married Cash in 1968 after the family 
              helped bring him back to stability after a period of drug abuse.  

              Anita Carter's first significant work away from her family was the 1951 
              single "Bluebird," a duet with Hank Snow that topped the country charts 
              along with its B-side, "Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts." She also sang 
              with another group on the side, a trio called 'Nita, Rita and Ruby. In the 
              '60s, she recorded a hit duet with Waylon Jennings, "I Got on You," and 
              recorded singles and albums for labels RCA, United Artists and, in the 
              '70s, Capitol. She also appeared on records by Merle Haggard, Porter 
              Wagoner and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  

              Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, who renamed themselves the 
              Carter Family after A.P. died in 1960, broke up officially in 1969, though 
              they continued to record together until near the time of Maybelle's death 
              in 1978. Anita's sister Helen died last summer, and June recently released 
              an intimate, homemade solo album, "Press On."  

              In addition to June Carter Cash, of Hendersonville, Tenn., Ms. Carter is 
              survived by a daughter, Lorrie Bennett, and a son, Jay, both of 
              Goodlettsville. 

 
    
  Country singer Anita Carter dead at 66 Friday
 
                            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Anita Carter, who played stand-up 
                            bass and sang soprano as a member of the country music group the 
                            Carter Family, has died at age 66, her manager Lou Robin said Friday. 

                            Carter had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, but the cause of 
                            her death was not immediately known, said Robin. Carter's sister, 
                            June Carter Cash, and her husband, Johnny Cash, were with her 
                            when she died Thursday.  ***(explained)

                            A Maces Springs, Virginia, native, Carter joined the family music 
                            group in 1938, which initially included her mother Maybelle and her 
                            cousins. They were later joined by Carter's sisters and guitarist Chet 
                            Atkins.  

                            Carter's 1951 duets with singer Hank Snow, ``Bluebird Island'' and 
                            ``Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts,'' were Top Five country hits.  

                            The group became regular members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, 
                            and toured with Elvis Presley in 1956 and 1957 and with Johnny Cash 
                            beginning in 1961.  

                            Carter's death leaves her sister, June Cash, the sole survivor of the 
                            second-generation Carter family.  

                            Reuters/Variety ^REUTERS@ 

***Cause of death explained

            The drugs used to treat Anita's R. Arthritis
            ended up doing a lot of damage to her 
            pancreas, liver, kidneys.  She just started
            failing and passed away at John & June's house.

             ~John Cross
 

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 A member of country music's most famous family, Anita Carter found success of her own as a folk  solo act during the early '50s and late '60s. The Carter Family had ruled country music during the  1930s, but broke up in 1943 after patriarch A.P. Carter and his ex-wife Sara decided to retire.  Sara's cousin Maybelle, the third member of the Carters, re-formed the group the same year -- as  Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters -- with her daughters Helen, June and Anita. The sisters had sung on Carter Family radio broadcasts in 1935, and the new group more than made up for the  break-up of the originals. The Carters performed on radio from Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri  during the late '40s, but moved to the Grand Ole Opry in 1950. 

 In 1951, Anita stormed the charts on a one-off duet with Hank Snow; both "Bluebird Island" and its  B-side "Down the Trail of Achin' Hearts" reached the Country Top Five. During the mid-'50s, she  also performed with the teen trio 'Nita, Rita & Ruby, but spent most of her time with the Carters.  The group continued to be popular on the Opry and even opened for Elvis Presley in 1956-57.  After A.P. Carter's death in 1960, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters became the Carter  Family and performed more contemporary country than gospel. 

 In 1961, the Carters began a long-running association with Johnny Cash by appearing on his 
 roadshow. They recorded the Country Top 15 single "Busted" with Cash in 1963, and after June  Carter married him in 1967, the Carters appeared on his ABC-TV show from 1969 to 1971.  Though the Carter Family continued to record -- usually with Johnny Cash -- during the early '70s,  they disbanded in 1969. Mother Maybelle became recognized as a major figure in the folk revival  that year, appearing with Sara at the Newport Folk Festival and on the Rounder album, An Historic  Reunion. 

 Meanwhile, Anita had begun to record for RCA in 1966, hitting the Country charts with "I'm Gonna  Leave You." Another single charted in 1967, and her duet with Waylon Jennings on "I Got You"  reached number four in March 1968. Later in 1968, Anita moved to United Artists, but several  singles proved unsuccessful. She recorded for Capitol in the early '70s and almost hit the Top 40  with "Tulsa County." Her last chart appearance with the Carter Family, "Praise the Lord and Pass  the Soup," was released in August 1973. -- John Bush, All-Music Guide

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