Ernest V. (Pop) Stoneman was born in Virginia in 1893. He was one of the early country music stars with his 1924 recording of “The Titanic.” He performed with the “Dixie Mountaineers” but lost everything during the Depression. He moved his wife and nine children to Washington DC where he struggled to support them while working at a munitions plant. During the late 1940’s he began performing with his talented family and later was given the nickname “Pops.” The Stoneman Family performed for many years and was one of the most cherished country music acts.

“All I Gots Gone” is about someone moving from rural life into the city to seek fortune. This version is by Lee Hunter.


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