Clinch Mountain Echo

The Stanley Brothers - Old Love Letters / Are You Tired Of Me Darling

(King S-7 1614) c1961

In Person - stero singles

This is one of five 7" 33⅓ stereo singles that were taken from the Stanley Brothers' In Person LP, although Old Love Letters had been released on regular 45; just prior to the LP (King 5415).

The singles were created for juke box use[1] and issued together with juke-box strips and a reproduction of the In Person sleeve. Most copies I've seen have been offered for sale as individual discs, but recently a complete set went on ebay for $125.

Old Love Letters was first recorded by Joe Maphis & Rose Lee in 1955,[2] and was soon picked up by Jim Reeves who released it on his 'Singing Down The Lane' LP in 1956.[3] Three months after the Stanley's issued their version in Oct. 1960, Portner Wagnoner had a top 10 Country hit with it.[4] Ralph also later re-recorded the song as a duet with Laurie Lewis on his Clinch Mountain Country 2xCD.

Are You Tired Of Me, Darling is a song usually attributed to A.P. Carter, but actually dates back to c1877, with Minstrel song music "Sung with great success by Fred Walz of Sweatnam & Frazer's Minstrels", attributed to G.P. Cook and Ralph Roland.[5] Ralph later included a duet of the song with Sara Evans on his Clinch Mountain Sweethearts CD.

Both sides of the single can now be found on the The Early Starday/King Years, 1958-1961 4xCD set.


For a detailed breakdown and background to the Stanley's session, check Gary B. Reid's The Music Of The Stanley Brothers book, pages 111-114 and 150.

Original Release:
Lead guitar:
Old Love Letters
11 Jul 1960
King 5415 Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

Johnny Bond
Are You Tired Of Me, Darling
11 Jul 1960
In Person Carter Stanley
Ralph Stanley
Vernon Derrick

George Shuffler
Curley Lambert

G.P. Cook / Ralph Roland

Go To Top Of Page [1] See http://www.bsnpubs.com/stereoproject/stereo33s.html
[2] See http://www.45worlds.com/78rpm/record/21427
[3] See https://www.discogs.com/Jim-Reeves-Singing-Down-The-Lane/master/920869
[4] See http://www.45cat.com/record/477837 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98REWkLwnQM
[5] See https://www.loc.gov/resource/sm1877.03501.0/