Charlie Christian

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by Charlie Christian

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29 July 1916, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 2 March 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Much of Christian’s early life is shadowy but he grew up in Oklahoma City where, thanks to the research of eminent writer Ralph Ellison, something of his deprived background has emerged. His father, who was blind, was an itinerant guitarist-singer and Christian’s two brothers were also musically inclined. Too poor to buy an instrument of his own, Christian made a guitar out of cigar boxes and soon... Read more

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