Personalities | Joe Maphis | West Coast Scene | Country
(Guitar, vocals, 1921–86)
Known as ‘king of the strings’ for his ability to play virtually any string instrument, Joe Maphis was an active session musician, a cast member of Town Hall Party, and his inventive skills on the double-neck Mosrite inspired many, including a young Larry Collins (of The Collins Kids). He sang with his wife, Rose Lee (b. 1922), scoring their biggest hit with the self-penned ‘Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)’ (1953), now a honky-tonk anthem, as well as recording traditional and bluegrass music.
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