The Info List - Ernest Stoneman

Ernest Van "Pop" Stoneman (May 25, 1893 – June 14, 1968) was an American musician ranked among the prominent recording artists of country music's first commercial decade.


1 Biography 2 Death 3 Honours 4 The Stonemans discography

4.1 Albums 4.2 Compilations 4.3 Singles

5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Born in a log cabin in Monarat (Iron Ridge), Carroll County, Virginia, near what would later become Galax, Stoneman was left motherless at age three and was raised by his father and three musically inclined cousins, who taught him the instrumental and vocal traditions of Blue Ridge mountain culture. He became a singer and songwriter, and proficient musician on the guitar, autoharp, harmonica, clawhammer banjo, and jaw harp. When he married Hattie Frost in November 1918, he entered another musically involved family. He and Hattie had 23 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood: Eddie Lewis (deceased 2001), Irma Grace (deceased 2003), John Catron (deceased 2001), Pattie Inez "Patsy" (deceased 2015), Joseph William (Billy) (deceased 1990), Jack Monroe (deceased 1992), Gene Austin (deceased 2005), Dean Clark (deceased 1989), Calvin Scott (deceased 1973), Donna LaVerne, Oscar James (deceased 2002), Veronica Loretta (Roni), Van Haden (deceased 1995).[1] Stoneman worked at a variety of jobs, in mines, mills, but mostly carpentry, and played music for his own enjoyment and that of his neighbors, but when he heard a Henry Whitter record in 1924, he determined to better it and changed his life as well. Stoneman went to New York City in September 1924 and cut two songs for the Okeh Records label. The record was shelved and he had to return for another recording session in January 1925. Ralph Peer directed him through several sessions for Okeh and Victor, and he freelanced on other labels such as Edison, Gennett and Paramount Records. In 1926, he added family musicians to his group for a full string band sound. In July and August 1927, Stoneman helped Peer conduct the legendary Bristol sessions
Bristol sessions
that led to the discovery of the Carter Family
Carter Family
and Jimmie Rodgers. He continued to be active in recording through 1929. Between 1925 and 1929 Stoneman recorded more than 200 songs. Falling on hard times during the Depression, the Stonemans and their nine surviving children moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1932 after losing their home and most of their possessions. There they had four more children and struggled through dire poverty, with Stoneman taking whatever work he could find and trying to revive his musical career. In 1941, Stoneman bought a lot in Carmody Hills, Maryland, where he built a shack for the family and eventually obtained a more or less regular job at the Naval Gun Factory. In 1947, the Stoneman Family won a talent contest at Constitution Hall
Constitution Hall
that gave them six months' exposure on local television. In 1956, Pop won $10,000 on the NBC-TV quiz show The Big Surprise
The Big Surprise
and sang on the show as well. That same year, the Blue Grass Champs, a group composed largely of his children, were winners on the CBS-TV program Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, and Mike Seeger recorded Pop and Hattie for Folkways. Stoneman retired from labor and the Champs went full-time to become the Stonemans. They did albums for Starday in 1962 and 1963 and in 1964, went to Texas
and California, cutting an album for World Pacific, playing at Disneyland, on some network shows and at several folk festivals. In 1965, they went to Nashville, where they signed a contract with MGM Records and started a syndicated TV show. They received CMA's "Vocal Group of the Year" in 1967. They appeared in the 1967 film Hell on Wheels. Death[edit] Pop Stoneman died in 1968 at age 75.[2] He is interred in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville. Honours[edit] On February 12, 2008, Ernest "Pop" Stoneman was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Country Music Hall of Fame
and in 2009 he and his wife Hattie Frost Stoneman were enshrined in the Gennett Records
Gennett Records
Walk of Fame. The first major retrospective of his musical career "Ernest Stoneman: The Unsung Father of Country Music 1925–1934" (5 String Productions) was issued in 2008 by the Grammy
award-winning reissue team of Christopher C. King and Henry Sapoznik and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy
award for "Best Album Notes." The Stonemans discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Year Album US Country Label

1962 Bluegrass Champs — Starday

1964 Big Ball in Monterey — World Pacific

1966 Those Singin' Swingin' Stompin' Sensational Stonemans 39 MGM

1967 Stoneman's Country 13

1968 All in the Family 42

The Great Stonemans 45

Pop Stoneman Memorial Album —

Stoneman Christmas —

1969 Dawn of the Stonemans' Age — RCA

1970 In All Honesty —

California Blues —


Year Album US Country Label

1986 With Family And Friends Vol. I — Old Homestead

1985 With Family And Friends Vol. II — Old Homestead


Year Single Chart Positions Album

US Country CAN Country

1924 The Face That Never Returned —

The Face That Never Returned / The Sinking of the Titanic

1924 The Sinking of the Titanic —

The Face That Never Returned / The Sinking of the Titanic

1926 "When the Work's All Done This Fall" — — 5188: Edison Blue Amberol 11054: Edison Record

1926 "Wild Bill Jones" — — 5196: Edison Blue Amberol 11056: Edison Record

1927 "Two Little Orphans" — — 5338: Edison Blue Amberol 11464: Edison Record

1928 "The Old Maid and the Burgler" — — 5531: Edison Blue Amberol E18442: Edison Record

1962 "Talking Fiddle Blues" — — Bluegrass Champs

1964 "Ground Hog" — — Big Ball in Monterey

1966 "Tupelo County Jail" 40 — Those Singin' Swingin' Stompin' Sensational Stonemans

"The Five Little Johnson Girls" 21 — Stoneman's Country

1967 "Back to Nashville, Tennessee" 40 —

"West Canterbury Subdivision Blues" 49 — All in the Family

1968 "Cimarron" — —

"Christopher Robin" 41 17 The Great Stonemans

"Travelin' Man" — — single only

1969 "Tecumseh Valley" — — Dawn of the Stonemans' Age

1970 "Get Together" — — In All Honesty

"Who Will Stop the Rain" — —

"California Blues" — — California Blues


^ "Finding Aid for Stoneman Family Collection, 1924–2008 Archives of Appalachia". Archives.etsu.edu. Retrieved 2012-05-01.  ^ "ERNEST STONEMAN". Reno Gazette-Journal. Reno, Nevada. June 15, 1968. p. 14. Retrieved December 20, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. (Registration required (help)). 

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Ernest Stoneman
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at Find a Grave Ernest V. Stoneman remembered – Patsy Stoneman Murphy interviewed by Jerry Fabris on Thomas Edison's Attic radio program, WFMU, November 15, 2005. Early recording (1926) of When the Work's All Done This Fall. Early recording of (1926) Wild Bill Jones. 1994 inductee in the Autoharp
Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 5, 2015 2008 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 5, 2015

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