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   FlatCityGirl  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQhyWv-PeVE

Johnny Cash's rendition The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

He is backed up by The Statler Brothers [all the way back to when Lew DeWitt was living], and Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, June, Helen and Anita.

Harold and Don Reid, and Phil Balsley are still living, but everyone else on that stage is gone.

When Mother Maybelle and AP Carter left the Clinch River coal mining country in Southwest Virginia, they moved to Richmond to be a part of a radio show that pre-dated the Grand Ole Opry. It was called the Old Dominion Barn Dance. They lived in an area way out on the edge of Richmond called Glenn Allen. I don't know if they built the house they lived in, or if it was an a existing house and they added on to it, but years and years later, dear friends of mine bought the property and live there for about twenty years.

The Carter Family was well known long before Johnny Cash entered the picture. I always thought June had an "interesting" voice, but the one with the real talent was Anita. In this video of Johnny singing the Battle Hymn, Anita is the tall blond standing beside Mother Maybelle.

In most of Johnny's music, the beautiful soprano voice you hear in the backup is always Anita.

It brings back a lot of memories seeing Johnny, the Carters and the Statlers all together on stage. The first time I ever saw the Statlers, was at a Johnny Cash concert. Johnny Cash is the one who gave them their start. They immortalized that in a song.

We Got Paid By Cash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgMufKRh_MM

One more: Lew DeWitt. I Love Virginia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvyrKFIQsNw

Lew DeWitt had the most beautiful tenor voice I ever heard.

Little Jimmy Fortune filled Lew's place very well, but he couldn't hold a candle to Lew.

   July 4 at 21:41 EST .

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