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Roba Stanley

Roba Stanley (February 11, 1908 - June 8, 1986) was a country music singer who has been said to be the first woman to record country music. Others have pointed out that Samantha Bumgarner and Eva Davis recorded a session (including solos) three months before Roba recorded. However, she can still be said to be among the earliest of the women who recorded early country music. She was the daughter of Robert Morland Stanley, an old-time fiddler who recorded with her on some of her records.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1908 (Dacula), Died June 8th, 1986 (Gainesville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1924 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, harmonica, guitar, lyricist

Notes: Daughter of Bob Stanley (Robert Morland Stanley).

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 8694 Not documented Aug. 1924 [Unknown title(s)] Stanley Trio Guitar duet, with male vocal solo or female-male vocal duet vocalist  
OKeh 8695 Not documented Aug. 1924 [Unknown title(s)] Stanley Trio Guitar duet, with male vocal solo or female-male vocal duet vocalist  
OKeh 8696 10-in. Aug. 1924 Nellie Gray Stanley Trio Instrumental trio, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh 8697 10-in. Aug. 1924 Whoa! Mule Stanley Trio Instrumental trio, with female-male vocal duet vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh 8698 10-in. Aug. 1924 Devilish Mary Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley 2 guitars and harmonica, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh 8699 10-in. Aug. 1924 Mister Chicken Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley Guitar and harmonica duet, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
OKeh 8847 10-in. Jan. 1925 All night long Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley 2 guitars and harmonica, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh 8848 10-in. Jan. 1925 Little Frankie Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley Guitar and harmonica duet, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
OKeh 8849 Not documented Jan. 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley Guitar and harmonica duet, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
OKeh 8850 Not documented Jan. 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley Guitar and harmonica duet, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, harmonica, vocalist  
OKeh 8851 Not documented Jan. 1925 [Unknown title(s)] Bill Patterson ; Roba Stanley Guitar and harmonica duet, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, harmonica  
OKeh 8852 10-in. Jan. 1925 Railroad Bill Bill Patterson ; Bob Stanley ; Roba Stanley Violin and 2 guitars, with female vocal solo vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
OKeh 9213 10-in. 7/1/1925 Old maid blues Roba Stanley Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
OKeh 9214 Not documented 7/1/1925 [Unknown title(s)] Roba Stanley Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
OKeh 9215 10-in. 7/1/1925 A single life Roba Stanley Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
OKeh 9216 Not documented 7/1/1925 [Unknown title(s)] Roba Stanley Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica vocalist  
OKeh W80594 10-in. 3/21/1927 Railroad Bill The Georgia Crackers [OKeh Records jazz/dance band, 1927] Male vocal duet, with fiddle (violin), banjo, and guitar lyricist  
OKeh W402509 10-in. 7/9/1929 Railroad Bill Frank Hutchison Male vocal solo, with guitar lyricist  
OKeh W403158 10-in. 10/17/1929 Railroad Bill Otis Mote Male vocal solo, with guitar and harmonica lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stanley, Roba," accessed May 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112367.

Stanley, Roba. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112367.

"Stanley, Roba." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 May 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112367

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