Pre 1950s

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang Birth Name Salvatore Massaro BORN October 25, 1902, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. DIED March 26, 1933 (aged 30), New York City GENRES Jazz, Swing, Chamber Jazz Instruments Guitar Associated acts Joe Venuti, Lonnie Johnson, Carl Kress, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby Eddie Lang (born Salvatore Massaro, October 25, 1902 – March 26, 1933) is known …

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Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham Birth Name Eddie Durham BORN August 19, 1906, San Marcos, Texas, U.S. DIED March 6, 1987 (aged 80), New York City GENRES Jazz Instruments Guitar, Trombone Associated acts Walter Page, Bennie Moten, Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie Eddie Durham (August 19, 1906 – March 6, 1987) was an American jazz guitarist who was one …

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Carl Kress

Carl Kress Birth Name Carl Kress BORN October 20, 1907, Newark, New Jersey, U.S. DIED June 10, 1965, Reno, Nevada GENRES Jazz Instruments Guitar Associated acts Dick McDonough, George Barnes, Paul Whiteman, Eddie Lang Kress started on piano before picking up the banjo. Beginning in 1926, he played guitar during his brief time as a …

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Bob Dunn

Bob Dunn Birth Name Robert Lee Dunn BORN February 5, 1908, Braggs, Oklahoma, U.S. DIED May 27, 1971 (aged 63), Houston, Texas, U.S. GENRES Western swing – Jazz Instruments Steel guitar, Trombone Associated acts Panhandle Cowboys and Indians, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers, Bill Mounce and the Sons of the …

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Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie Johnson Birth Name Alonzo Johnson​ Born February 8, 1899 Died June 16, 1970 (aged 71) Genres Jazz, Blues Instruments Guitar, Violin, Vocals Associated Acts Okeh, Bluebird, King, Bluesville Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970) was an American blues and jazz singer, guitarist, violinist and songwriter. He was a pioneer of jazz guitar and jazz violin and is recognized as the …

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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters Birth Name McKinley Morganfield BORN April 4, 1913 DIED April 30, 1983 (aged 70) GENRES Blues, Chicago blues, delta blues Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica Associated acts Aristocrat, Chess Blue Sky, Tempo-Tone,Parkway McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913  – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who …

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