Guitarist, songwriter, and performer. Born November 29, 1917. Died October 20, 1983. Full name: Merle Robert Travis. As a leading exponent of the thumb-style guitar technique, his innovative style influenced generations of guitar players. Songwriting credits include the classics "Sixteen Tons," "Dark as a Dungeon," and "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)." Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame.
From the description of Oral history interview with Merle Travis; 1975 October 17; interview conducted by Douglas B. Green. 1975 Oct. 17. (Country Music Foundation, Library & Media Center). WorldCat record id: 58841164