Black Man Who Taught the “First Family of Country Music” to be Honored in North Carolina

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The African-American man who is credited with sharing his skills and music with the “First Family of Country Music” is getting an historical marker.

Lesley Riddle, who was born in Burnsville, will be recognized with a N.C. Highway Historical Marker to be dedicated at RiddleFest on Friday at the Mountain Heritage Center in Burnsville.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources says in the late 1920s, Alvin Pleasance Carter visited the home of John Henry Lyons and struck up a friendship with Riddle. Subsequently, they traveled together and collected songs.

In 1930, Riddle wrote “Lonesome for You” for the Carters, giving up the rights in exchange for an artificial leg to replace his wooden leg. Riddle lost his right leg in an accident at a cement plant in his mid-teens.

SOURCE: The Associated Press

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