“First Lady of the Banjo” and Hee Haw member, Roni Stoneman passed away at the age of 85

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Veronica Loretta “Roni” Stoneman was a legendary banjo player, a member of the country music family the Stonemans, and a cast member of the iconic show Hee Haw.
Roni passed away at the age of 85 on Wednesday, February 21st.

Roni was the second-to-youngest of the 23 Stoneman Children. Her father already had a legacy in country music before she was born. Ernest “Pop” Stoneman was the first country musician to be recorded, which was his 1924 hit “The Sinking of the Titanic.”

She toured with her family for some years before she ventured onto a solo career. In the 1970s she joined the cast of Hee Haw.

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