The Carter family group originated in 1929 when members first recorded music together. Founding members included A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Carter and A.P’s sister-in-law Maybelle Carter. Ezra Carter (who is A.P.’s brother) and Maybelle were the parents of Helen, Anita and June Carter, who later became the Carter Sisters. You most likely recognize June Carter for marrying the ultra talented country star Johnny Cash.
The History of The Carter Family
The band enjoyed success pretty quickly after releasing “Single Girl, Married Girl,” “The Storms Are on The Ocean,” “Poor Orphan Child,” and “Wandering Boy” in 1930. Then followed that up by releasing “Can The Circle be Unbroken?” in 1935. They last recorded together in 1956 but their reach and influence had a lasting effect on music for decades.
“Can The Circle be Unbroken? (By and By)” The Carter Version
The version of “Can The Circle be Unbroken?” made popular by the Carter Family gave new life to the old song “Will The Circle be Unbroken?” which was written in 1907 as a Christian hymn. Let the years fade away as you enjoy a precious memory, brought to you by the Carter Family by watching the video below. It’s safe to say that although countless artists from many genres have covered the song, including Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joan Baez, Roy Acuff and Bob Dylan, there are none that come close to the iconic sound the Carter’s perfected. Even June Carter and Johnny Cash performed the song regularly in their sets together. To celebrate the unprecedented talent of the group, their version of “Can The Circle Be Unbroken?” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Enjoy a walk down memory lane by listening to this classic take of “Can The Circle be Unbroken” by none other than the original Carter Family.