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Tal Farlow


Jazz guitarist known with the nickname Octopus due to his huge hands and who all released a lot more than 30 albums. He didn’t begin playing electric guitar until he was twenty-one years of age, but was playing skillfully within a season. He worked being a bandleader, launching an record between 1960 and 1975. He was survived by family when he passed away of esophageal cancers in 1998. He was a modern of Chet Atkins and almost as influential.

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Full Name Tal Farlow
Date Of Birth June 7, 1921
Died July 25, 1998, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Place Of Birth Greensboro, NC
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Movies Great Guitars of Jazz: Live, Red Norvo: Jazz Masters Series
Star Sign Gemini

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1Began playing guitar in 1942. Prior to that, he worked as a sign painter.
2Noted for a fruitful collaboration in the 1950's with Red Norvo and Charles Mingus. Led his own trio by the end of the decade, recording for Blue Note and Verve Records.
3Upon his death, his remains were interred at Old Collegiate Dutch Church Cemetery in New York City.
4Jazz guitarist
5Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1996.



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