Heroes: Eddie Lang
Obrecht, Jas, Guitar Player
Eddie Lang was the most progressive American guitarist of the Roaring Twenties With unparalleled technique and imagination, he easily held his own alongside the era's brightest stars--Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti, and Bessie Smith, to name a few.
The son of an Italian luthier, he was born Salvatore Massaro in South Philadelphia in 1902 and took his stage name from a basketball hero. Lang studied solfeggio and violin and began improvising with violinist Venuti in grammar school. After playing banjo during the early '20s, he switched to guitar circa 1924, when he joined the Mound City Blue Blowers, an uptown version of a …
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Publication information: Article title: Heroes: Eddie Lang. Contributors: Obrecht, Jas - Author. Magazine title: Guitar Player. Volume: 32. Issue: 3 Publication date: March 1998. Page number: 23. © 1999 New Bay Media. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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