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June 28, 2005

Ralph Stanley recovers from surgery

Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley is recovering after triple bypass surgery. His publicist says today's operation "went as planned and everything seems to be going well." Doctors recommended the surgery after the 78-year-old singer went for a regular checkup last week. Stanley became a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000. He won a Grammy for his a cappella performance of "Oh, Death" on the popular "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. Stanley and his brother, Carter, formed one of the premier groups of early bluegrass music, the Stanley Brothers. The Virginia brothers were also known for their band -- the Clinch Mountain Boys -- during the 1950s and '60s.

Posted by acapnews at June 28, 2005 12:23 AM