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A.P. Carter (December 15, 1891 - November 7, 1960) was an American Country music musician.
He was born Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter in Maces Springs, Virginia, (Poor Valley), the son of Robert C. Carter and Mollie Arvelle Bays. A.P. was sometimes called "Doc."
On June 18, 1915, he married Sara Dougherty and they had three children: Gladys (Millard), Janette (Jett), and Joe. In 1927, he formed the Carter Family band together with his wife. They were joined by her cousin, Maybelle, who was married to A.P.'s brother, Ezra Carter, and they together formed perhaps the first commercial rural Country music group.
Despite dying in relative obscurity, A. P. Carter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1993, his image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family. In 2001 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.
*Will you miss me when I'm gone? : the Carter Family and their legacy in American music, Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg, New York, Simon & Schuster, 2002