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Carter, Alvin Pleasant “A.P.” Delaney (15th December 1891-7th November 1960)

He was a musician and songwriter, who was occasionally called “Doc”, born in Maces Springs, Virginia and was part of the Carter Family country music group with his wife Sara Dougherty Carter and Maybelline Addington Carter, who was married to his brother Ezra (Eck).

They started their recording career in 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee, and by the end of 1930 The Carter Family had sold 300,000 records in the USA.   A.P. traveled round Virginia collecting songs and copyrighting them.

They appeared often on radio and based themselves in Texas and then in North Carolina, but disbanded in 1943 when Sara permanently moved to California.

He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1970 and in 2001 into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honour.  He was depicted on a US Postage Stamp in 1993 and Route 614 in Maces Springs is now called the AP Carter Highway.

Roy Acuff Recordings
The Wabash Cannonball (Traditional American/A.P. Carter/William Kindt)