Sunday, October 04, 2009
Jango Song Of The Day-Joe Maphis
Album:Fire On The Strings
I'm willing to bet that even guitar freaks aren't familiar with country music guitar wizard Joe Maphis. He usually worked with his wife Rose but occasionally stepped out to do his own thing. He was born Otis Maphis May 12, 1921 in Suffolk, VA. His main influence was Mother Maybelle Carter of The Carter Family. Maphis became a Nashville session musician and was known as King Of The Strings. He could play anything with strings but was best known for this custom made double necked guitar. So if you see anyone playing a double necked guitar, Joe Maphis was the first. He married his singer wife Rose in 1948 and they were very popular in the country music scene of the 50s with hits like Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music). Maphis also played on many sessions and he would step out and record solo occasionally. The child playing the double necked guitar in the video is Larry Collins. He usually performed as a duo with his sister Lorrie. They were known as The Collins Kids. Fire On The Strings is an album Maphis recorded for Columbia in 1957. When Sony released the album on CD in 2001, they added several bonus tracks including Maphis and Collins recording of Hurricane. Joe Maphis continued to play sessions and regularly appeared on Nashville TV shows like The Jimmy Dean Show until his death on June 27, 1986 at age 65. Guitar fans should check out Joe Maphis. Here's Joe Maphis and Larry Collins performing Hurrican on Tex Ritter 1957.