Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His songs' lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners. Among his many well-known songs are "Sixteen Tons," "Re-Enlistment Blues," "I am a Pilgrim," and "Dark as a Dungeon.
Certainly Merle Travis’ notoriety for using the Paul Bigsby necks played a large role in influencing Leo Fender to follow suit. But the debate will surely continue to be had because the truth has disappeared in time and the rest is speculation. We do know that Bigsby introduced the scroll headstock for the electric guitar before Leo Fender did (and he didn't necessarily invent it, just added it to the guitar), but now we see that it had possibly been used even before that point in time on a variety of instruments. Merle Travis definitely exposed the masses to the scroll headstock with his Martin D-28 custom neck acoustic dreadnought (pictured above), as well as his usage of one of the first Bigsby electrics. Merle played the custom Martin from the time he had it re-necked until his death in 1983 on all his acoustic tracks.
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Listen free to Merle Travis – The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 (T For Texas, Over by Number Nine and more). Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last. Merle Robert Travis (November 29, 1917 – October 20, 1983) was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and musician born in Rosewood, Kentucky. His lyrics often discussed the exploitation of coal miners. Some of the songs he wrote or performed include: "Sixteen Tons", "Dark as a Dungeon", "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", and "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette"; however, it is his masterful guitar playing that he is best known for today.
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|A1||On A Bicycle Built For Two
Arranged By – Merle TravisWritten-By – Harry Dacre
|A2||Saturday Night Shuffle
Written-By – Merle Travis
|B1||The Sheik Of Araby
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Written-By – Edward Madden, Theodore Morse