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In 1951, she scored a pair of Top 5 duets with Hank Snow: “Bluebird Island” and “Down the Trail of Achin’ Hearts.” A 19-year-old Anita traded vocals with Hank Williams in 1952 on “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)” on Kate Smith’s network television program.Additionally, she and Waylon Jennings made it into the Top 5 in 1968 with “I Got You.” After Maybelle’s death in 1978, Anita and her sisters were dedicated to preserving and carrying on the rich musical legacy which they inherited. June Carter Cash, 70, is now the last surviving member of the second generation of the Carter Family.
P., his wife Sara and sister-in-law Maybelle) on the border station XERA out of Del Rio, Texas.
It’s very tragic that we’ve lost two Carters now within a period of about a year.” Services for Anita Carter are to be held 2 p.m.
Sunday outside of Nashville at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville.
“She was probably the best singer of all the Carter Sisters and perhaps even better than Mother Maybelle,” said music historian and Carter Family annotator Charles Wolfe.
“She was really the most gifted, raw singer of them all. She was extremely versatile with it, proving herself able to experiment with a number of different types of music — folk, straight country and rock ’n’ roll.” The Carter Sisters entry in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Encyclopedia of Country Music also calls attention to Anita’s crystal clear soprano: “Helen, the most capable instrumentalist, played accordion; June, the best comedienne and performer, was on autoharp; and Anita, the soprano and best singer, handled the bass (sometimes standing on her head to play).” Born Ina Anita Carter, March 31, 1933, the youngest of Maybelle and Ezra Carter’s three daughters made her first public appearance in 1937 with her sisters on The Popeye Club on radio station WOPI in Bristol, Va.
While in Knoxville, they added guitarist Chet Atkins, who remained with the group until 1951.