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Joaquin Murphey

Born: Dec 30, 1923

Death: Oct 25, 1999

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Joaquin Murphey

Date of Birth : Dec 30, 1923
Date of Death : Oct 25, 1999
Birth Place : Los Angeles

Earl James "Joaquin" Murphey was an American steel guitarist. Nicknamed "Joaquin" due to his personality, Murphey was an "innovative" and highly influential steel guitarist who helped to define the sound of Western Swing styled lap steel guitar, combining the hawaiian steel guitarists styles, and the influence of early western swing pioneers like Leon McAuliffe and Bob Dunn. He started professionally while a teenager in late thirties, and eventually joined the prestigious Spade Cooley western swing "orchestra". This commitment also brought him film appearances, in many "singin' cowboy"'s features. He had a long-lasting friendship with inventor and guitar hardware manufacturer Paul Bigsby, who custom-built at least three lap-steel for him. Murphey worked extensively for various western swing and honky-tonk acts but seldom recorded on his behalf. In 1980 he was inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame His contemporaries included Herb Remington, Leon McAuliffe, Noel Boggs and Speedy West.


  • Actor
  • Guitarist

Also known as

  • Joaquin Murphy
  • Earl Murphey
  • Joaquin Murphy
  • Earl James "Joaquin" Murphey
  • Joaquin
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