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Charlie Christian (Charles Henry Christian, Bonham, Texas, 29 July 1916 – New York City, 2 March 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist.

Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar, and is cited as a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single string technique combined with amplification helped bring the guitar out… read more

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    he just makes everything fall into place, in the history of jazz guitar, unbelievable
  • Avatar for LTHMPLS
    I do not even understand why you would compare RoJo and Charlie Christian. Different animals.
  • Avatar for gangstayoda
    glad i discovered him! (via Ted Gioia's great book THE HISTORY OF JAZZ)
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    forget Robert Johnson. It's all about Charlie Christian!
  • Avatar for Castizo
    Fly, Charlie, fly.
  • Avatar for MAXDADMAX
    Wes Montgomery did not pioneer thumb playing!!!! spread the word, this was the inventor of thumb playing guitar jazz. guitar is the best jazz instrument.
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    RIP - one of the first electric guitar legends!

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