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RangerSteve 23 Jan 06 - 06:58 AM
Flash Company 23 Jan 06 - 07:17 AM
alanabit 23 Jan 06 - 07:17 AM
BanjoRay 23 Jan 06 - 07:53 AM
GLoux 23 Jan 06 - 08:25 AM
GLoux 23 Jan 06 - 08:28 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Jan 06 - 08:45 AM
voyager 23 Jan 06 - 10:33 AM
Ebbie 23 Jan 06 - 11:13 AM
GUEST,Andy Wallace 23 Jan 06 - 04:42 PM
RangerSteve 23 Jan 06 - 05:40 PM
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Subject: Obit: Janette Carter
From: RangerSteve
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 06:58 AM

I have to leave for work, so this will be short. Janette Carter, daughter of A.P. and Sarah and the last surviving child of the original Carter Family passed away at 89 years. Apparentlly there were a lot of things wrong, including Parkinsons Disease.

She did a lot to keep the music going and was a great singer herself.
She'll be missed.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: Flash Company
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 07:17 AM

Sad! The links with the past are all disappearing.

FC


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: alanabit
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 07:17 AM

It sounds like the end of a long and productive life.
"The oldest hath borne most.
We that are young shall never see so much, nor live so long."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: BanjoRay
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 07:53 AM

Yet another old-timer I'll never get to see - they're vanishing so quickly. Off to Mount Airy NC, Glen Lyn VA and Glenville WVA in june to catch as many as I can.
Ray


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: GLoux
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 08:25 AM

There is more information on Janette at the Carter Family Fold web site.

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: GLoux
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 08:28 AM

Janette was 82 when she passed away.

-Greg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 08:45 AM

Ahhhhhhhhh this really hurts.

Many years ago, I was a part of the Adirondack Folk Gospel Festival near Albany, NY. The first year I performed there, Janette Carter was also a performer. We ended up, along with Kathy Lee Johnson hanging around together all weekend as a protest against a policy of the festival organizer. The first day that we were there, several volunteers came up to us to complain that they were not allowed to eat at the meals prepared for the performers. We were very upset about it and spoke to the festival owner, but he hadn't provided enough food for the volunteers and didn't feel he could change the ruling. We were upset enough about it that we decided that if the volunteers couldn't eat with the performers, we wouldn't either. So, for the weekend, Janetee, Kathy Lee and I drove into town and ate together. We also kicked around, going to garage sales and stopping in funky junk shops. The first night that we were there, Janette got up to use the common bathroom outside of her room (we were sleeping in dormatories of a private school) and locked herself out. She ended up going outside and climbed back through the window into her room. The only mistake that she made was that it wasn't her room. It was Kathy Lee's... Kathy Lee is blind, so when she heard someone crawling in through her window, she had no idea who it was and when she called out, Janette identified herself. They both had a big laugh over it and spent half the night just talking in Kathy Lee's room... and then Janette stayed there for the rest of the night.

Janette was one of the most unpretentious people I've ever had the pleasure to meet. She had no inflated attitude about her musical skills. She just played autoharp at the festival... I don't know if she played guitar. But she had that Carter family sound in her voice and on Sunday morning when we gathered at dawn for service, she led us all in singing Will The Circle Be Unbroken. We were standing in a circle holding hands with the sun just coming up, gathered on a big lawn on the side of the Adirondack mountains looking down over the mountain and across to the next mountain peak. It was an experience I will never forget.

For a few years after the festival, we kept in touch and she gave me a copy of a book she'd written about the Carter Family (which I doubt is in print now.) But somewhere along the line she moved, and I lost contact with her. I tried to find her over the years but never could get an address.

Now she's gone... what a sweet, modest, unassuming loving person.

Rest well, Jeanette

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: voyager
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 10:33 AM

Her Program at the 9th Annual Ralph Rintzler Memorial (Smithsonian Folklife Festival - July 2003) was just wonderful. We were lucky to here her play & speak when this tribute was presented. I keep the program in my briefcase wherever I travel.

The Circle is Not Unbroken
voyager


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 11:13 AM

Thanks for the story, Jerry. I never got to the Carterfold but I have several videos of it and of her. Your story confirmed my assessment.

This last year or so swept out the fold. Are there any third generation AP Carters left? Did Jeannette have any children besides Jett?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter (January 2006)
From: GUEST,Andy Wallace
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 04:42 PM

Jeanette was indeed a national treasure, and will be missed by all those who loved the Carter Family, and the Carter Fold which she so lovingly ran for many years. She took the project on, with virtually no resources as a promise to her father, A.P., on his deathbed. This past fall Jeanette received a National Heritage Award (the Bess Lomax Hawes award) for her contributions to traditional music and came to Washington where she was treated royally by the NEA and appeared at the annual Heritage Awards concert. Her son, Jett, with several others, performed Carter Family tunes on the concert. Farewell Jeanette - your family's music and spirit will live forever.
Andy


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Subject: RE: Obit: Janette Carter (January 2006)
From: RangerSteve
Date: 23 Jan 06 - 05:40 PM

A full news story is at the Yahoo home page under news headlines, and will probably only be there for today (Jan 23).


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