Guitariste Country US né Roy Howard Lanham, le 16 Janvier 1923 à Corbin (Kentucky). Il est surtout connu comme guitariste des Sons Of The Pioneers de 1961 à 1986. Roy est décédé le 14 Février 1991 à Camarillo (Californie).

Although known primarily as guitarist for the Sons of the Pioneers from 1961 through 1986, Roy Lanham also led the Whippoorwills for many years and performed as a solo artist, recording albums of country-jazz guitar instrumentals under his own name in the late '50s and early '60s. Despite his relative obscurity, Lanham is often esteemed on the level of such well-known guitar greats as Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. Lanham was born in Corbin, KY, on January 16, 1923, and picked up the guitar at an early age. Beginning as a teenager he found radio work as a rhythm guitarist in a number of instrumental combos, one of which was eventually hired by pop Vocalsist Gene Austin and renamed the Whippoorwills. In this group Lanham functioned as lead guitarist, performing in a jazzy style influenced by Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt but distinguished by his development of a four-part harmony chord technique he would alternate with single-string figures. In 1943 Lanham joined Cincinnati's WLW, a 50,000-watt station that allowed him the opportunity to work with King Records, for which he soon performed regularly as a session guitarist, appearing on recordings by Hank Penny and the Delmore Brothers, among others. After participating in one Chet Atkins session in 1946 for the Bullet label, Lanham moved to Dayton and re-formed the Whippoorwills. For the next few years the combo toured, recorded transcriptions for Smiley Burnette's radio show in Hollywood and collaborated with Merle Travis on six sides for Capitol in the early '50s. It was during his tenure with Smiley Burnette's show that Lanham first met the Sons of the Pioneers, who invited the Whippoorwills to fill in for them on their radio show while the Sons were on tour. Lanham found additional session work recording separately with Johnny and Dorsey Burnette as well as Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, Bonnie Guitar, the Browns, and the Fleetwoods, in addition to recording singles under his own name and with the Whippoorwills. The success of the Fleetwoods singles on which he appeared led to his recording of a solo LP in 1959 and the sole Whippoorwills album, Sizzling Strings, later that year.

http://roylanham.com/

Talents : Guitar

Style musical : Country-Jazz, Cowboy, Instrumental Country, Rock 'n' Roll, Rockabilly, Traditional Country

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Wild Desire (1957) (Rome Johnson / Roy Lanham's Band)

TRUCK DRIVER BLUES (1957) (Rome Johnson / Roy Lanham's Band)

Klondike (1958)

STEEL GUITAR RAG (1961)

OLD JOE CLARK (1961)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

11/1957 SP SAGE 45-250 (US) . Rome Johnson / Roy Lanham's Band - Wild Desire / Truck Driver Blues
04/1958 SP RADIO 104-45 (US) . Klondike / Altitude
01/1960 SP SIMS 45-110 (US) . Rome Johnson / Roy Lanham's Band - Wild Desire / Truck Driver Blues
19?? SP ALERT A-1001 (US) . Roy Lanham & His 7 STRING FENDER - Fender And Strings - Where The Blue Of Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) / Am I Blue
04/2014 EP Cedwicke / Sundazed SEP-285 (US) The Spectacular Six-String Of Roy Lanham - My Adobe Hacienda / Lanham Boogie / Song Of India / Carnival In Paris




Albums

1961 LP 12" Dolton BLP 2009 (US) The Most Exciting Guitar - Lost Weekend / Where Or When / Body And Soul / Song Of India / A Smooth One / These Foolish Things / Steel Guitar Rag / Lover Come Back To Me / As Time Goes By / Wildwood Flower / Kerry Dance / Old Joe Clark
1962 LP 12" SIMS SIMS 105  (US) The Fabulous ROY LANHAM - Your Heart Darlin' / Holiday For Strings / Roy's Blues / Tuxedo Junction / We'll Be Together Again / Brazil / In The Mood / Under The Double Eagle / Brown's Ferry Blues / Carnival In Paris / One Love / Can't We Be Friends
06/2005 CD NRC CD-6 (US) Sizzling Strings - THE Whippoorwills - Summitt Ridge Drive / Stomping At The Savoy / Sophisticated Swing / Kerry Dance / Lover / Tea For Two / Air Mail Special / If I Had You / Slipped Disc / Mellow Mood / Eager Beaver / Tuxdeo Junction
10/1996 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 16116 (GER) Sizzling Strings - The Fabulous Guitar - Summit Ridge Drive / Stomping At The Savoy / Sophisticated Swing / Kerry Dance / Lover / Tea For Two / Air Mail Special / If I Had You / Slipped Disc / Mellow Mood / Eager Beaver / Tuxedo Junction / Your Heart Darlin' / Holiday For Strings / Roy's Blues / Tuxedo Junction / We'll Be Together Again / Brazil / In The Mood / Under The Double Eagle / Brown's Ferry Blues / Carnival In Paris / One Love / Can't We Be Friends?
10/2000 CD Soundies 4137 (US) Hard Life Blues - ROY LANHAM & THE Whippoorwills  - Hard Life Blues / Walking With You / Why Can't That Someone Be Me / Elementary Canal / When My Sugar Walks Down The Street / Someone's In The Kitchen With Dinah / Section Eight / I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) / Mandolin King Rag / Now And Then / Blue Mood / Trouble, Trouble / I Waited Too Late / Lanham's :Eap / Tabby The Cat / Arkansas Traveler / I Don't Want A Second Hand Romance / Lost Weekend / Meanest Kind Of Blues / (Just One Way To Say) I Love You / I Will Be True To You / Picnic For Strings / Carolina Moon / Tweedle O'Twill / I'll Never Love No One But You / Dimples And Cherry Cheeks / Kerry Dance / Peachy Pie / The Good Lord Willing / Stay A Little Longer / Waitin' For My Gal To Come Back
2014 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BAF 18014 (GER) The Most Exciting Guitar - Lost Weekend / Where Or When / Body And Soul / Song Of India / A Smooth One / These Foolish Things / Steel Guitar Rag / Lover Come Back To Me / As Time Goes By / Wildwood Flower / Kerry Dance / Old Joe Clark

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