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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES TO HONOR DR. RALPH STANLEY ON OCTOBER 11TH
TN (October 09, 2014) -- Trailblazing musician Dr. Ralph Stanley has
been elected a fellow in the humanities and arts category of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences in a class that also includes
actor and director Al Pacino, novelists John Irving and Annie Proulx,
Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, former Secretary of
Labor Robert Reich and oceanographer and discoverer of the Titanic,
Robert Ballard, among others.
May, Stanley was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from Yale
University. It was his second such distinction, the first having been
conferred in 1976 by Lincoln Memorial University.
week, Stanley will be inducted formally into the Academy at its
headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Oct. 11. The Academy was
founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost "thinkers and doers."
Among its past members are George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph
Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr. Current members include more
than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize-winners.
as the leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding
father of bluegrass, Stanley has spread his sound around the world
during his 68 years of touring and recording. He began his career in
1946 as the younger half of the Stanley Brothers, a group then headed by
singer-songwriter Carter Stanley. The Stanley Brothers performed,
recorded and appeared on television together until Carter's death in
the years following, Stanley built and led a band that at various times
featured such rising talents as Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry
Sparks and Charlie Sizemore. So significant was the Stanley sound in
the 2000 movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" that rocketed Ralph from
icon to superstar. He was profiled by novelist David Gates in The New
Yorker and went on to earn a Grammy as Top Male Country Vocalist, edging
out Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw and Lyle Lovett. To date,
he has won three Grammy awards.
high, forlorn vocals are featured in the seven-million-selling "O
Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. In addition, he was the first
performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century.
He is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a
recipient of the National Medal of Arts.