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Saturday Song: Carol Lee Cooper

March 31, 2012

Longtime Grand Ole Opry performer background vocalist Carol Lee Cooper of the Opry’s famed Carol Lee Singers marked the end of her Opry career Saturday, March 24 with a portion of the show performed in her honor.     The Carol Lee Singers are the famous backup group that lends their voices to the various acts that perform on the longest running radio show.

Carol Lee is the daughter of famed Wilma Lee Cooper and Stoney Cooper.

Cooper first appeared on the Opry stage with her parents, longtime Grand Ole Opry members Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper, in 1956. She formed and has led the Carol Lee Singers, given its name by Opry patriarch Roy Acuff, on Opry background vocals since 1972. The Carol Lee Singers’ other members, Norah Lee Allen, Rod Fletcher, and Dennis McCall, will continue at the Opry as “The Opry Singers.”

Below is a classic example of Wilma singing, along with her daughter, Carol Lee.  It should be noted that the music of Wilma Lee Cooper resides at the Smithsonian as an example of the classic Appalachian sound.

5 Comments
  1. April 11, 2012 11:36 PM

    Laverne,

    I know of no such news story.

  2. LaVerne Bradshaw permalink
    April 11, 2012 9:03 PM

    Rumor has it Carol Lee Cooper of Carol Lee singers has passed away. Please advise me ifthis is true as I cannot find any information to this.

  3. April 3, 2012 3:27 PM

    Ferrell,

    Thanks for the wonderful comment. I am sincere when I say this made my day.

    I will try and do something Saturday for you in regards to your question.

  4. April 3, 2012 9:34 AM

    Never was much of a country music fan before I started reading your blog. Appreciate the sharing of stuff. Your post for the Willies had me download all of their stuff (all 2 albums) from ITunes.

    Do you have any Merle Haggard?

    Thanks Deke.

  5. dave permalink
    March 31, 2012 11:42 AM

    What a great song. Gotta love the Opry – it is a great symbol of a very cool period in American music history and your selection of songs for the blog brought a smile to my face this cold, dank, saturday morning. thanks.

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