Remembered for forming The Stanley Brothers music duo with his singer and banjo-player brother, Ralph Stanley, this twentieth-century vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter was one of the founding fathers of the bluegrass genre. His best-known songs include "The Fields Have Turned Brown" and "White Dove."
One of his earliest albums, The Stanley Brothers & the Clinch Mountain Boys, was recorded on the Cincinnati-based King music label in the late 1950s.
His moving arrangement of the folk song "Man of Constant Sorrow" was featured in the acclaimed 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
He and his brother and musical collaborator, Ralph, were born and raised in Dickenson County in southwestern Virginia.
During the early 1950s, he played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys band.