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.
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)
"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