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Ralph Stanley - The Memory Of Your Smile

(Rebel REB 1606) 1981

The Memory Of Your Smile
Rear Cover Side One Side Two

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Recorded at Maggard Studios in Big Stone Gap, Va on the 17th December 1981, this is another decent album that regretably hasn't been issued on CD.

Five of the tracks are drawn from the Stanley Brothers back-catalogue, including Chubby Anthony's Highway Of Regret, Who Will Call You Sweetheart, Little Glass Of Wine, The Drunken Driver and The Memory Of Your Smile.

Donnie Joe Mullins, who wrote I've Got A Mule To Ride played banjo in The Rocky Mountain Boys. The original appears on their third LP 'I've Got A Mule To Ride' (Mountain And Grass RSR 1002) 1979. Junior Blankenship and his Dad, Hillard Blankenship Snr, also played in the band, and Hillard was also Ralph's bus driver. The Rocky Mountain Boys were regulars at Ralph's 'Hills Of Home' festival between 1976-84.[1]

Charlie Sizemore contributes The Melody Of Love, which I guess is his first composition to be recorded? He later included a version of the song on his first solo LP, Congratulations in 1985.

Walden Dahl, who wrote City Lights and What I Wanted Most also later co-wrote So Long So Wrong for Alison Krauss.

Another good 'un!

Side One:
Highway Of Regret

Donald 'Chubby' Anthony
Melody Of Love

Charlie Sizemore
I've Got A Mule To Ride

Donnie Joe Mullins
Who Will Call You Sweetheart

C. Stanley / Bill Monroe
Bad Case Of The Blues

R. Stanley
Little Glass Of Wine

C. Stanley
Side Two:
City Lights

Walden Dahl
Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine

Jake Landers / Bill Monroe
What I Wanted Most

Walden Dahl
The Drunken Driver

Paul Westmoreland
The Memory Of Your Smile

Ruby Rakes
Bury Me Under The Pines

Rena Archuleta / R. Stanley

Go To Top Of Page [1] Junior played on The Rocky Mountain Boys first two albums, Burning Bluegrass and Homestead Bluegrass albums.