Otis "Joe" Maphis

Joe Maphis, born Otis Wilson Maphis (May 12, 1921 – June 27, 1986), was an American country music guitarist. He married singer Rose Lee Maphis in 1953.

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 1921 (Suffolk), Died June 27, 1986

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: violin

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71963 10-in. 4/10/1944 Smile and drive your blues away Patsy Montana instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 71964 10-in. 4/10/1944 I don't want anyone but you Patsy Montana instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 71965 10-in. 4/10/1944 Good night soldier Patsy Montana instrumentalist, violin  
Decca 71966 10-in. 4/10/1944 I've done the best I could Patsy Montana instrumentalist, violin  


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