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Three Generations

  First Generation | Second Generation | Third Generation


Second Generation

Gladys Carter
(A.P. and Sara's daughter)
April 20, 1919 -- March 11, 1994

Gladys and her husband Milan took over the Carter home and farm from A.P. Gladys helped establish the Carter Family Memorial Music Center and the Carter Fold -- a 1,000 seat theater -- in Hiltons, Virginia, with her siblings Joe and Janette.

Married Milan Millard in 1938.


Janette Carter
(A.P. and Sara's daughter)
July 2, 1923 --

Janette first performed with The Carter Family in the late 1930s, traveling to Texas for their border radio sessions. Janette was a singer and songwriter who gathered songs like her father. Janette organized old time and bluegrass music festivals starting in 1975, and in 1979 formally established the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of old-time, traditional country and mountain music.

Married Jimmy Jett on May 25, 1940.


Joe Carter
(A.P. and Sara's son)
February 27, 1927 -- March 2, 2005

Joe played guitar and sang, joining his parents and sister Janette as the A.P. Carter Family in the early 1950s. In 1967 he took his father's place to record An Historic Reunion with his mother Sara and Aunt Maybelle.


Helen Carter
(Maybelle's daughter)
September 12, 1927 -- June 2, 1998

Helen was a member of The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, and The Carter Family, usually playing the accordion. Helen recorded some singles of her own and eventually eased into the role of songwriter, penning a top-twenty hit What Am I Supposed to Do? for Ann Margaret.

Married Glenn Jones in 1950.


June Carter
(Maybelle's daughter)
June 23, 1929 -- May 15, 2003

June Carter began performing with her sisters and mother as The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle. By the end of her career June won two Grammy Awards for duets with husband Johnny in 1967 and 1970, and another in 1999 for her solo album Press On.

Married Carl Smith on July 9, 1952.

Married Edwin "Rip" Nix on November 11, 1958.

Married John "Johnny" Cash on March 1, 1968.


Carl Smith
March 15, 1927 --

Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003, Smith was one of country music's top hit makers of the 1950s and 1960s. He scored a smash hit with Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way in 1951.


John "Johnny" Cash
February 26, 1932 -- September 12, 2003

Known as the "man in black," Johnny Cash recorded more than 1,500 songs, had 48 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Charts, and won 11 Grammy Awards, including a 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award. From 1969-1971 he hosted The Johnny Cash Show on television, showcasing many of the great country musicians of the time, including The Carters.


Anita Carter
(Maybelle's daughter)
April 31, 1933 -- July 29, 1999

Anita Carter performed as a member of The Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle, and The Carter Family. Highlights of her solo career include two Top Five country hits in 1951 with Bluebird Island and Down the Trail of Aching Hearts, both recorded with Hank Snow, and another in 1968 with I Got You, a duet with Waylon Jennings.

Married Dale Potter in 1950.

Married Don Davis in March 31,1953.

Married Bob Wootton on May 4,1974.


Dale Potter
April 28,1929 -- March 14,1996

Dale Potter was a brilliant fiddler who Chet Atkins praised as having the ability to sound like three or four fiddlers playing at once.


Don Davis
December 22, 1928 --

Don Davis plays the pedal steel guitar. He worked as a session musician for over 40 years on over 3,000 recordings, working with such artists as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Lionel Hampton, and Nat King Cole.


Bob Wootton
March 4, 1942 --

Bob Wootton played lead guitar in Johnny Cash's band The Tennessee Three for almost thirty years.

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