Always joked, "I ain't educated, but I'm sincere." Not only that, but
she was apparently an astute business person, copyrighting her songs
and was careful about her money. Once said to have remarked, "I'm the
first hillbilly to own a Cadillac."
Began her career playing the five-string banjo with her cousins,
Bozo and Warner Carver on WHB in Kansas City.
In 1935, she was a featured act with Frankie More's Log Cabin
Boys on WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky.
Her stage dress was a baggy gingham dress, white stockings and ankle boots
along with platinum blond hair. Which, if that wasn't enough, was held
in place by bright colored ribbons.
She was a star in a time and era where it was very difficult for
women to break into show business.
Timeline and Trivia Notes
- 1937, part of WWVA Jamboree, met and tutored Grandpa Jones
on five-string banjo.
- In 1941, became sponsored act on KMOX in St. Louis
- In 1943, featured in Time magazine
- In 1960's, worked at Disneyland in California
- In 1960's, talked out of retirement to record with Lost City
- One of her standard songs was "Ruby, Are You MAd At Your Man", which
is now a bluegrass standard.
- Never married
- Born Cynthia May Carver, in 1903
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