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Hank Garland


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Walter Louis “Hank” Garland (November 11, 1930 – December 27, 2004) was a Nashville studio musician who performed with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison and many others.

Born in Cowpens, South Carolina, Garland began playing the guitar at the age of 6. He appeared on local radio shows at 12 and was discovered at 14 at a South Carolina record store. He moved to Nashville at age 16, staying in Ma Upchurch’s boarding house, where he roomed with upright bassist Bob Moore and fiddler Dale Potter.

At age 19, Garland recorded his million-selling hit “Sugarfoot Rag”, although some attribute the song to Bernie B. Smith, Jr., published two years earlier by M.M. Cole/BMI as “Bernie’s Reel”. An instrumental version was the opening theme for ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee from 1955–1960. Garland appeared on the Jubilee with Grady Martin’s band, and on Eddy Arnold’s network and syndicated television shows.
He is best known for his work on Elvis Presley’s recordings from 1957 to 1961 which produced such rock hits as: “Little Sister”, “I Got Stung”, “Stuck on You”, “It’s Now or Never”, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, “His Latest Flame”, “Follow That Dream”, “A Big Hunk O’ Love”.
However, Garland also worked with many country music as well as rock ‘n roll stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s including: Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Mel Tillis, Marty Robbins, The Everly Brothers, Boots Randolph, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty.


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  • Mactele52

    One of the greatest guitarists that you'll never hear about.

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
  • mrjyn

    if you like the guitar you should be home by now

    9 Mar 2012 Reply

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