Helen Carter's mother was Mother Maybelle Carter. Helen Carter performed with her mother and sisters, June Carter and Anita Carter, as a member of Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters. The group was also known as The Carter Family. As a child, Helen Carter played to some of the largest radio audiences in history by way of the powerful signals from the Mexican Border Stations of the 1930s and 1940s.
Helen also pursued a solo career apart from the family. She recorded for a number of historically important independent labels such as Tennessee, Republic, Starday and Hickory. She had releases on major labels such as Columbia and Okeh as well. In the 1960s, Helen teamed with Dolores Dinning, of the Dinning Sisters, to form a short-lived group called the Blondettes that recorded for MGM. Helen's greatest commercial success came by way of songwriting.
Some of her better known titles include The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea, Wall to Wall Love, Rosanna's Going Wild, Poor Old Heartsick Me and What am I Supposed to Do. Music acts as diverse as the Louvin Brothers, Ann-Margaret, Waylon Jennings and Mark Dinning are among the more than sixty artists who recorded her songs. Helen Carter recorded two solo albums for Old Homestead Records, as well as guest spots on recordings by her niece Carlene Carter and Southern Gospel artist Jacky Jack White toward the end of her life. In 1950 Helen married Glenn Jones of Dickson, Tennessee. They had four sons, Kenneth Jones, Glenn Daniel, David Lawrence, and Kevin Carter Jones. Helen Carter died of gastrointestinal problems in 1998, aged 70. Read more on Last.fm.
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