Last Carter Family Member Dies

Janette, daughter to A.P. and Sara, fought to preserve Appalachian music

January 24, 2006 12:00 AM ET

Janette Carter, the last surviving member of legendary country music institution the Carter Family, died yesterday of Parkinson's disease and other health complications at the age of eighty-two.

Carter's parents, A.P. and Sara Carter, founded the Carter Family as a trio in 1926, along with A.P.'s sister-in-law Maybelle. (Maybelle's daughter, June, wife of Johnny Cash, became one of the better-known Family members.) The family became one of country music's first stars and recorded more than three hundred folk songs (songs in the public domain), which later became known as Carter songs.

Janette Carter had upheld the traditional country repertoire of her family — along with the country and folk music of Appalachia — through weekly performances, even in recent years, and was an accomplished autoharp player. In September, Carter was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the Bess Lomax Hawes Award, which recognized her effort to preserve and perform Appalachian music.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »