Sara Carter

Sara Elizabeth Carter (née Dougherty; later Sara Carter Bayes; July 21, 1898 – January 8, 1979) was an American country music musician, singer, and songwriter. Remembered mostly for her deep, distinctive, mature singing voice, she was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930s. In her earliest recordings her voice was pitched very high.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 21st, 1898 (Copper Creek, Virginia), Died January 8th, 1979 (Lodi)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto vocal, autoharp, guitar, lead vocal, yodeling, songwriter, speaker, arranger

Recordings (Results 226-226 of 226 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 64105 10-in. 6/8/1938 Young Freda Bolt Carter Family instrumentalist, autoharp, guitar, vocalist, alto vocal  
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