Inductees Archive

D.P. “Dad” Carter

David Parker Carter was born in Milltown, Kentucky, on September 28, 1889, and died in April, 1962 at the age of 74. He was in a talented family – brothers, sisters and parents. He played several instruments – his favorite, the mandolin. In Dad’s teen years, he started in gospel music. He met his wife, Carrie Brooks Carter, at a singing school. After their marriage they were in a quartet together for many years (Revivals, singing conventions, singing schools, etc.). They had nine children. When the children were in their early teens, Dad, with three of the oldest, organized the Chuck Wagon Gang. They were sponsored by Bewley Mills on WBAP, Fort Worth, Texas, for over 12 years beginning in 1936. In 1937, Don Law and Art Satherly of Columbia Records visited WBAP studios and signed them to a record contract. Dad remained under contract for the remainder of his life. In 1952 he became ill of a heart condition but traveled with the Chuck Wagon Gang in concert until his death.


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Milltown, Kentucky



He was married to Carrie Brooks Carter; they had nine children.



Chuck Wagon Gang



The Chuck Wagon Gang singing “We Are Climbing” and “Way Up In Glory”