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Lenny Breau
Birth: Aug. 5, 1941
Androscoggin County
Maine, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1984
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Jazz Guitarist. Lenny Breau was born in Auburn, Maine and took up guitar at age 7. His early influences were jazz and country but he also incorporated flamenco, classical and folk along with his stunning octave harmonic arpeggios. In 1961 Breau left for Toronto and created the jazz group Three with singer/actor Don Francks and Eon Henstridge on acoustic bass. The group performed in many US and Canadian cities and also appeared on US network television on the Jackie Gleason and Joey Bishop shows. Breau then returned to Winnipeg and became a regular session guitarist recording for CBC Radio and CBC Television. Along the way he was achieving much praise from legendary players like Chet Atkins who once called him 'the greatest guitar player in the world'. Although Breaus playing was stellar, he developed a serious substance abuse problem which plagued him for many years. He continued gigging throughout the 70's and 80's and was found dead at his Los Angeles home in 1984. The official cause of death was strangulation but police were unable to find a suspect and the case remains unsolved. Cause of Death: Strangulation (bio by: Soorus) 
Family links: 
  Harold John Breau (1916 - 1977)
  Rita F Cote Binette (1921 - 2014)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Unmarked
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Soorus
Record added: Oct 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16198284
Lenny Breau
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