b. Donald Lee Anthony, 20 December 1935, Lincolnton, North Carolina, USA, d. 5 February 1980, Willborn, Florida, USA. Anthony was a talented bluegrass musician who learned fiddle, banjo and guitar as a child. By his teens he was playing fiddle regularly with various groups in the Shelby area of North Carolina. In the mid-50s, he was appearing on a daily television show in Asheville as part of Cousin Wilbur’s band. In 1956, he became one of the Stanley Brothers Clinch Mountain Boys and recorded with them in Nashville in 1956/7. He relocated to Florida with the Stanleys, making further recordings at WNER Live Oak in 1959. After leaving the Stanleys, he played on occasions with Charlie Moore and Bill Napier, but made no further recordings until 1976, when he played on Moore’s notedWheeling. In 1978, he recorded his first solo album and also formed Big Timber Bluegrass, with whom he recorded albums for Old Homestead Records. In June 1979, Anthony was hospitalized with kidney failure and connected problems, which led to his death at his home in February 1980.
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