Wesley Tuttle

Decades: 2000s


13 December 1917, Lamar, Colorado, USA, d. 29 September 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. When Tuttle was aged four the family relocated to the San Fernando Valley and his professional career began when he was 15. He subsequently worked with popular west coast luminaries such as Stuart Hamblen and the Beverly Hillbillies and appeared on regular radio shows on various stations including WLW Cincinnati and KMTR Hollywood. In the early 40s, he also sang in a trio with Merle Travis and Eddie Dean’s brother Jimmy (not he of ‘Big Bad John’ fame), in a programme that was broadcast three times a week on CBS radio. Tuttle became a respected left-handed rhythm guitarist, who seemingly overcame the problem of having certain fingers missing. He was the second country artist (after Tex Ritter) to record for Capitol Records and in October 1944, he and Merle Travis (with fiddler Charles Linville’s accompaniment) recorded eight tracks for the label in...

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