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King of the Strings

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Born: May 12, 1921 in Suffolk, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Joe and Rose Maphis were a popular husband-and-wife act in the late '40s and early '50s, singing traditional material backed by the amazing instrumental talent of Joe, who played everything with strings on it, especially the twin-neck guitar. The honky tonk anthem "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)" was their big hit. Until his death in 1986,...
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