The American country music group the Carter Family recorded between 1927 and 1956. The first recording was made on August 2, 1927. In 1935 they had sold more than 300,000 records in the U.S. The Carters were poor farmers. The family lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Hit songs like Wildwood Flower, Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Little Moses have influenced many musicians and countrysingers in the world.
They were the first vocal group in mankind hystory to become worldwide country music stars.
The group was formed by Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter (1891–1960), his wife Sara
Dougherty Carter (1898–1979), and his sister-
Sara sang lead vocals; Maybelle sang harmony. Alvin sang harmony and background vocals and sometimes lead vocal. Maybelle's guitar playing style became a hallmark of the group.
In the winter of 1938–39, the Carter Family had a program on the XERA radio station in Texas. Some time thereafter the children Janette and Joe of Alvin and Sara and those of Maybelle (June, Anita Carter and Helen), joined the group for radio performances. In 1942, the Carters moved their program to WBT radio in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1987, sisters June Carter Cash and Helen and Anita Carter along with June's daughter Carlene Carter, appeared as the Carter Family and were featured on a 1987 television episode of Austin City Limits along with Johnny Cash.
Members of the group were successively;
(1927–1939) Alvin (A>P) Carter, Maybelle Carter and Sara Carter.
(1939–1940) Alvin Carter, Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter, Janette Carter, Joe Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter and Anita Carter.
(1940–1944) Alvin Carter, Maybelle Carter and Sara Carter.
(1944–1969) Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter and Anita Carter.
(1969–1971) Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter and Robbie Harden.
(1971–1978) Maybelle Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter and Anita Carter.
(2012–present) John Carter Cash, Laura Cash and Dale Jett. (As The Carter Family III).