Bill Carson

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Dubbed "The test pilot of the Stratocaster," Western swing legend Bill Carson was the guitarist for whom Leo Fender first created the six-string that would later define the sound of rock & roll. Born July 8, 1926, in Meridian, OK, Carson grew up in his grandparents' Amarillo, TX, home. He first played the pump organ before acquiring an $11 guitar from the Sears and Roebuck catalog at age 11. In the years following World War II, Carson was a fixture of the local dancehall circuit... Read more

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