Merle Travis



Merle Travis

Rating
Active
1936 to 1983
Born
November 29, 1917 in Kentucky
Died
October 20, 1983
Location
Rosewood, Kentucky, United States
Biography
Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 - October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the exploitation of coal miners. Some of the songs he wrote or performed include: "Sixteen Tons", "Dark as a Dungeon", "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", and "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette"; however, it is his masterful guitar playing that he is best known for today. "Travis picking", a style of guitar picking, is named after him. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.
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Top Songs by Merle Travis


Nine Pound Hammer

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San Antonio Rose

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16 Tons

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If I Had You

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Eight More Miles to Louisville

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Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past Vol.5

Beer Barrel Polka

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Country Guitar Giants

Wildwood Flower

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High Noon

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Who's Sorry Now

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Famous Country Singers

San Antonio Rose

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Albums, Releases & Mixtapes


Country Music's 2 Guitar Greats Merle Travis & Joe Maphis

Country Music's 2 Guitar Greats Merle Travis & Joe Maphis

Merle Travis December 2, 2017

12 Tracks

Sixteen Tons & Other Hits

Sixteen Tons & Other Hits

Merle Travis August 21, 2015

43 Tracks

Merle Travis San Francisco Live

Merle Travis San Francisco Live

Merle Travis July 31, 2015

9 Tracks

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past 1943-1955 Vol.5

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past 1943-1955 Vol.5

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

30 Tracks

Songs Of The Coal Mines

Songs Of The Coal Mines

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

12 Tracks

Unissued Radio Shows 1944-1948

Unissued Radio Shows 1944-1948

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

28 Tracks

Folk Songs of the Hills 1947

Folk Songs of the Hills 1947

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

13 Tracks

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past Vol.1

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past Vol.1

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

28 Tracks

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past 1943-1955 Vol.1

Guitar Rags and a Too Fast Past 1943-1955 Vol.1

Merle Travis July 1, 2015

28 Tracks

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Genres
R&B/Soul

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