Jimmy Murphy

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s

Biography

11 October 1925, Republic, Alabama, USA, d. 1 June 1981, USA. Murphy, who played guitar and sang from childhood, played a combination of traditional bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll but was also influenced by the blues. A semi-professional musician through the 40s, he built a local following and towards the end of the decade moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. There, he worked on radio with Archie Campbell who introduced him to Chet Atkins. A January 1951 recording session for RCA - Victor Records followed but the handful of singles recorded, which included ‘Electricity’, did not break through with a wide audience. He continued to appear on radio, moving to Columbia Records in the mid-50s, but without notable success, although he did gain airplay for ‘Sixteen Tons Rock ’N’ Roll’, a composition that pointedly acknowledged the presently-emerging musical form. Through the later years of the decade, Murphy did more radio shows and...

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