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Hank Garland Dies

Guitarist Hank Garland died on Monday December 27, 2004 of a staph infection at age 74. The guitarist, born Walter Garland, performed with numerous artists, including Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Charlie Parker.

Garland started playing guitar at age 6 and by age 12 was appearing on radio shows. He was discovered at the age of 14 at a South Carolina music store where he had gone to buy a guitar string. At age 19, Garland recorded his first million-selling hit, country tune “Sugar Foot Rag.” During the 1950s and ’60s, he played with Elvis on such songs as “Little Sister” and “Big Hunk of Love.”

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