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Joe Maphis
Born:  May 12, 1921
Died:  June 27, 1986
Hollywood Barn Dance
Hometown Jamboree
Town Hall Party
WLS National Barn Dance
WLW Boone County Jamboree
WRVA Old Dominion Barn Dance

About The Artist

Joe Maphis was born in Suffolk, Virginia. He developed a unique guitar playing style, somewhat comparable to Merle Travis. But, he played more than the guitar. He also played the fiddle, mandolin, bass fiddle and wrote songs, too.

His career went from coast to coast and then some. He appeared on many of the nationally known live radio shows. When he was on the WLS National Barn Dance, he worked with Red Foley and Grandpa Jones. In addition, he appeared on the Foreman Phillips show, a Sunday radio show with Stuart Hamblen called "Cowboy Church".

He was known to have played the fiddle and banjo on many of Wesley Tuttle's recordings and also for other artists that recorded in California.

His wife was Rosalie and they lived in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  21427 A You Ain't Got Sense
  21427 B Your Old Love Letters
  21518 A Tennessee Two Step
  21518 B Guitar Rock And Roll
  21547 A Bully Of The Town
  21547 B Flogging The Banjo
  40882 A Town Hall Shuffle
  40882 B Sweet Fern
  41004 A A Picture, A Ring And A Curl
  41004 B I Gotta' Lotta' Lovin'
  41353 A Moonshot
  41353 B Short Recess
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  683 A Hot Rod Guitar
  683 B Lonesome Jailhouse Blues