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Wes Montgomery


Jazz guitarist who also introduced the taking part in of octaves and chord melodies into popular music, which influenced performers from Jimi Hendix to musak. He started playing acoustic guitar when he was nineteen years of age. Half a year after his begin, he could currently play expertly. He preferred using his thumb rather than a guitar choose to make a mellower, softer audio. His brothers Monk and Friend had been also both jazz players and occasionally recorded classes with him. He affected not merely jazzmen, but also rock and roll guitarists like Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Full Name Wes Montgomery
Date Of Birth March 6, 1923
Died June 15, 1968, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Place Of Birth Indianapolis, IN
Profession Guitarist
Nationality American
Spouse Serene Montgomery
Children Robert Montgomery, Charlene Grayson
Siblings Monk Montgomery, Buddy Montgomery
Awards Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups Montgomery Brothers
Movies Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery: Live in '65, Wes Montgomery: In Europe 1965, Maidstone
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1Plucked the melodies and chords on his guitar with the thumb of his right hand (no guitar pick unlike so many of his fellow musicians).
2Was a huge influence on legendary guitarist Hank Garland.
3Portrayed by guitarist Tony MacAlpine in the film Crazy (2008).
4Grandfather of actor Anthony Montgomery.
5Played guitar.
6Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1983.



Black Mass2015performer: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"
The Trials of Cate McCall2013performer: "Tune Up"
Bi no tsuboTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Central Park Five2012Documentary as John L. 'Wes' Montgomrey, "Next Level" / writer: "Next Level" - as John L. 'Wes' Montgomery
The Missing Person2009performer: "In Your Own Sweet Way"
Anything Else2003performer: "Gone with the Wind"
Bullet1996writer: "Next Level"
Husbands and Wives1992performer: "West Coast Blues" 1960 - as John L. {Wes} Montgomery / writer: "West Coast Blues" 1960 - as John L. {Wes} Montgomery
Maidstone1970performer: "Love Theme from 'The Sandpiper' The Shadow of Your Smile"
The Hollywood Palace1967TV Series performer - 1 episode



Tempo1965TV Series subject - 1 episode



The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHimself - Jazz Guitarist
Adventures in Jazz1949TV SeriesHimself

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A Celebration of America's Music1998TV SpecialHimself

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