Bluegrass Fiddler Art Stamper Dies

Bluegrass fiddler Art Stamper died Sunday night (Jan. 23) at a Louisville, Ky., hospital of complications from throat cancer. Stamper was born in 1933 near Hindman, Ky., and began playing fiddle before he reached his teens. During his lengthy career, he worked with Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, the Goins Brothers, Larry Sparks, Jim & Jesse, Bill Clifton and J. D. Crowe. Trained as a cosmetologist, Stamper put his fiddling on the back burner for 20 years to run his own hair salon in Louisville. But he returned to performing and recording in the late 1970s. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awarded him its best old-time fiddler award for three consecutive years. He is survived by his wife, Kay, daughter, Jennifer, and sister, Judy. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.