Lowman Pauling
Jun28

Lowman Pauling

Lowman Pauling Biography Guitarist/songwriter Lowman Pauling was a member of ’50s R&B/rock vocal group the “5” Royalesand co-wrote “Dedicated to the One I Love,” covered by the group on a 1958 King Records single. The song was a 1961 hit for the Shirelles and a 1967 hit for the Mamas and the Papas. Besides “Dedicated…,” Pauling also wrote “Think” — not to be...

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Eddie Arnold
Jun28

Eddie Arnold

Eddie Arnold Biography Eddy Arnold moved hillbilly music to the city, creating a sleek sound that relied on his smooth voice and occasionally lush orchestrations. In the process, he became the most popular country performer of the 20th century, spending more weeks at the top of the charts than any other artist. Arnold not only had 28 number one singles, he had more charting singles than any other artist. More than any other country...

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Hank Garland
Jun28

Hank Garland

Hank Garland Biography Nothing upsets preconceived minds like someone who successfully crosses over to another genre after he has been thoroughly pigeonholed by experts in a previous one. Such was Hank Garland, Nashville’s busiest country guitar picker who, with little warning, made a superb jazz album in mid-career and seemed headed for jazz stardom until an auto accident left him unable to perform. As a jazz...

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Cliff Gallup
Jun28

Cliff Gallup

Cliff Gallup Biography Cliff Gallup was the original lead guitarist in Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps. His stint in the band was brief, encompassing much of 1956 and about 35 tracks in the studio. Yet in that short burst of time, he established himself as one of the greatest guitarists in early rock & roll, and certainly one of the greatest rockabilly guitarists ever. His name is not well-known to the public because he was a...

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John Smith
Jun28

John Smith

Johnny Smith Biography Guitarist Johnny Smith will always be best remembered for his 1952 hit recording of “Moonlight in Vermont,” a mellow ballad that also features Stan Getz. Smith, whose chordal-oriented style was self-taught, originally played trumpet, violin, and viola before switching to guitar. A studio musician from 1947 on, Smith’s impressive technique and quiet sound made him in great demand even before...

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Danny Cedrone
Jun28

Danny Cedrone

Danny Cedrone Biography By rights, Danny Cedrone should be at least as well-known as Scotty Moore. Much as Moore’s reputation resides in his status as Elvis Presley’s lead guitarist on his Sun Records and the early RCA Victor sides, so Cedrone ought to be a legend for his work as lead guitarist on “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets and a handful of other classics by the pioneering rock &...

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