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Merle Travis with his Paul Bigsby guitar

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The Merle Travis guitar made by Paul Bigsby, probably the first true solidbody electric guitar

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Merle Travis (b. November 29, 1917-d. October 20, 1983) Native of Rosewood, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Developer of a Kentucky guitar picking style known as "thumb picking." Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

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Lee Marvin I was born under a Wandering Star remastered - YouTube

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Sixteen Tons 1947 Sheet Music by Merle Travis Tennessee Ernie Ford

1956

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He was handsome in the traditional sense. Dark hair fell across his forehead and his skin lightly tan as if he had Italian somewhere in his family tree. His eyes were blue and his figure thin. It was the sudden gauntness to his cheeks and the tremors that shook his shoulders that terrified her. He was too young to be dying. (Jessica Milton)

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Travis Picking, named after Merle Travis, involves playing a steady bass pattern with the thumb and filling out some syncopated rhythms with the fingers of the right hand.

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"From Here to Eternity" (1953). COUNTRY: United States. DIRECTOR: Fred Zinnemann. SCREENWRITER: Daniel Taradash (Novel: James Jones). (BW). CAST: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, John Dennis, Merle Travis