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Spade Cooley - 32% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Donnell Clyde Cooley, 22 February 1910, Grande, Oklahoma, USA, d. 23 November 1969, Vacaville, California, USA. His grandfather and father were talented fiddlers and he was playing at dances at the age of eight. Around 1930, the family moved to Modesto, California, where Cooley played local venues. In 1934, his resemblance to Roy Rogers found him employment as a stand-in and Read more

Leon McAuliffe - 24% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 2000s
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William Leon McAuliffe, 1 March 1917, Houston, Texas, USA, d. 20 August 1988, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. McAuliffe learned both guitar and steel guitar while at school, and when aged 16 joined the Light Crust Doughboys. In March 1935, he joined Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys as steel guitarist, remaining with him until December 1942, when military service intervened. Wills’ Read more

Moon Mullican - 24% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Aubrey Mullican, 29 March 1909, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas, USA, d. 1 January 1967, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Mullican was raised on a farm that was manned by black workers. One sharecropper, Joe Jones, taught Mullican how to play blues guitar. His father bought an old pump organ so that the family could practise hymn-singing, but Aubrey preferred to pound out boogie-woogie an Read more

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys - 19% match to Speedy West

Genres: Big Band & Swing Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
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Chet Atkins - 18% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Chester Burton Atkins, 20 June 1924, Luttrell, Tennessee, USA, d. 30 June 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The man known as ‘Mister Guitar’ was one of the most influential and prolific guitarists of the twentieth century, as well as an important producer and an RCA Records executive. The son of a music teacher and brother of guitarist Jim Atkins (who played with Le Read more

Pete Drake - 17% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Roddis Franklin Drake, 8 October 1932, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 29 July 1988, Brentwood, Tennessee, USA. One of the world’s leading exponents of the steel guitar, Drake arrived in Nashville in the late 50s and was quickly established as one of the city’s leading session musicians. His distinctive, mellow-toned style was heard on many releases, including those by M Read more

The Maddox Brothers & Rose - 17% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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Joe Maphis - 14% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Otis Wilson Maphis, 12 May 1921, near Suffolk, Virginia, USA, d. 27 June 1986, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His father taught him to play the fiddle as a child and he was performing at local dances by the age of 10. By the time he was 16, Maphis was a featured musician on WBRA Richmond, where he also played guitar, mandolin and bass. During the 40s, he starred on several top c Read more

Pee Wee King - 13% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski, 18 February 1914, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, d. 7 March 2000, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. His parents, whose families had been Polish immigrants, relocated to Abrams when he was a child and he grew up in the Polish community there. His father, who played fiddle and concertina, ran a polka band and the boy was encouraged to play instruments from Read more

The Hot Club Of Cowtown - 13% match to Speedy West

Genres: Big Band & Swing
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This western swing revival trio are named after the Quintette Du Hot Club De France combo formed by Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Their energetic fusion of Grappelli’s hot jazz and Bob Wills’ western swing styles has seen them compared to other bands, such as the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who emerged during the mid-90s retro jive Read more

Commander Cody - 11% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although renowned for its high-energy rock, the Detroit/Ann Arbor region also formed the focal point for this entertaining country rock band. The first of several tempestuous line-ups was formed in 1967, comprising Commander Cody (George Frayne IV, 19 July 1944, Boise City, Idaho, USA; piano), John Tichy (b. St. Louis, Missouri, USA; lead guitar), Steve Schwartz (guitar), Do Read more

Jimmy Wakely - 11% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Clarence Wakely, 16 February 1914, near Mineola, Arkansas, USA, d. 25 September 1982, Mission Hills, California, USA. Wakely’s family relocated to Oklahoma when he was child, moving several times as they struggled to make a living, usually by sharecropping. He gave himself the name of Jimmy and attended High School at Cowden, Oklahoma, where he learned to play the guita Read more

The Light Crust Doughboys - 11% match to Speedy West

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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