Anita Carter

Anita Carter, who played standup bass and sang soprano as a member of the famed country music group the Carter Family, died July 29 at age of 66 in Nashville, Tenn. Cause of death was not reported.

A Maces Springs, Va., 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 on “Bluebird Island” and “Down the Trail of Achin’ Hearts,” were Top 5 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, wife of singer Johnny Cash, as the sole survivor of the second-generation Carter family.

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