Cooke, Jack


  • From Norton, Virginia. (In 1963, he served a half-term as Mayor of Norton.)
  • 1955, joined the Stanley Brothers, playing bass.
  • 1956-1960, joined Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, playing guitar, singing lead.
  • 1960, formed his own band, the Virginia Mountain Boys.
  • 1965, worked with Earl Taylor and the Stoneman Family.
  • 1970 until his death, played bass with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.
  • 2006, released solo album “Sittin’ On Top of the World,” produced by Jim Lauderdale.
  • Died in 2009.