Joe Maphis

Otis Wilson "Joe" Maphis (May 12, 1921 – June 27, 1986), was an American country music guitarist. He married singer Rose Lee Maphis in 1953 and they performed together, later referred to as "Mr & Mrs Country Music".

One of the flashiest country guitarists of the 1950s and 1960s, Joe Maphis was known as "The King of the Strings". He was able to play many stringed instruments with great facility. However, he specialized in dazzling guitar virtuosity.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 12, 1921 (Suffolk), Died June 27, 1986

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

See Also: Cousin Joe Maphis

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor D7VB-0834 10-in. 5/7/1947 I'm going to write to heaven (for I know my daddy's there) Blue Sky Boys Male vocal duet, with string band songwriter  
Victor D9VB-0849 10-in. 2/2/1949 A picture a ring and a curl Carter Sisters ; Maybelle Carter Female vocal ensemble, with string band songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maphis, Joe," accessed October 3, 2023,

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"Maphis, Joe." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 3 October 2023.

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