Clinch Mountain Echo

Ralph Stanley - Single Girl / Little Birdie

(Tompkins Square TSQ-22527) 2012

Single Girl
Little Birdie

This 78 rpm 10" was issued as a limited edition of 500 copies and sold in independant record stores on 'Record Store Day' 21st April 2012. At the time, Ralph's version of Single Girl was previously unreleased.

Single Girl is of course the Carter Family classic, which they recorded at the legendary Bristol 1927 sessions. The song is credited to A.P. Carter but apparently he learnt it from his mother Mollie, who had nine children to look after.[1] Carter Stanley had performed it as a solo vocal piece on occassion, with live versions resurfacing on the Folk Festival 2xCD, the 1965 Fincastle tapes,[2] and the Together For The Last Time/Brown County Jamboree albums.

More recently, Ralph's version of Single Girl was included as a bonus track on the Rebel CD compilation My Life & Legacy, along with the 1973 version of Little Birdie which is on the flipside of the 78.

Todd Gracyk kindly dug up a personnel / track list for Single Girl which Rebel's Mark Freeman provided as part of a recording list for the My Life & Legacy CD. This gives the date as 1996 and lists the personnel as:-

A few other 'previously unreleased' tracks from 1996 also showed up on the Old-Time Pickin': A Clawhammer Banjo Collection, so maybe Single Girl was from the same session.


Original Release:
Single Girl
1994 or 2005
Tompins Square TSQ-22527
Steve Sparkman
James Price
John Rigsby
Ralph II Stanley
James Alan Shelton
Jack Cooke

A.P. Carter
Little Birdie
22 Mar 1973
A Man And His Music
Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline

Roy Lee Centers
Ricky Lee
Jack Cooke


Go To Top Of Page [1] Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg's book 'Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? - The Carter Family & Their Legacy In Music' (p.25)
[2] See http://frobbi.org/audio/ivor/Fincastle65-2/index.html