Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Merle Travis, songwriter

Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, arranger, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. "Travis picking", a style of guitar picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

"Sixteen Tons" performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Words and Music by Merle Travis

"Dark as a Dungeon" performed by Jackie DeShannon
Words and Music by Merle Travis

"Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" performed by Tex Williams
Words and Music by Merle Travis & Tex Williams

"Nine Pound Hammer" performed by Glen Campbell
Words and Music by Merle Travis


At December 18, 2007 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Becky said...

I feel it should be mentioned that besides songwriting, Merle Travis' other talents included: prose writing, taxidermy, cartooning and watch repair.

At December 27, 2007 at 1:09 PM , Blogger Byron Fyroe said...

One of the professors I had at UT, Dr. Counts' family was very close to Tennessee Ernie Ford. He told us stories about spending time with him, always referring to him as, "Ernest."

PS: When can I expect the William Martin Joel entry?


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