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Julian "Earl" Tharpe
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1937
Dale County
Alabama, USA
Death: Nov. 7, 1994
Richland County
South Carolina, USA

Julian "Earl" Tharpe was born 28 March, 1937 in the quiet little southern town of Skipperville, Albama. Little did they know he was gonna be heard the world over!

Wow! Julian Earl Tharpe became a "World Renowned Steel Guitarist". He played for many of the greatest Country and Western Singers in all of America. He played and or recorded with Ray Price (That's Julian playing steel on Ray Price's #1 song titled For The Good Times), Barbara Mandrell, Chet Atkins, Donna Fargo, Dickie Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) and others. He was already performing on radio and television when but a mere teenager with famous entertainers such as Hank Wiliams Sr. and Tex Ritter of Western Movie fame.

Julian Tharpe was a "natural" when it came to playing the steel guitar. He became a real innovator of the instrument. He wrote songs, invented new tunings for the steel guitar, was a teacher and bandleader also a record producer. His musical genius and talents remain unequaled to this day.

All of Julian's natural abilities and musical genius led to his induction into The International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame the summer of 2008. His plaque reads:

"Julian Tharpe - Solo Artist, Record Producer, Songwriter, Band Leader, and Master of the 14 string Steel Guitar covering a full 3 Octaves in the open position. He was one of the first Steel guitar players to perfect the "Speed Picking" style with extreme dexterity and executing the most difficult of musical passages with ease- which still remains unequaled to this day. The International Steel Guitar Convention Board 2008."

If you would like to hear Julian's Musical Genius just listen to his recordings titled: "Southern Fried Steel Guitar," "Take Your Pick," "The JetAge," "Deep Feeling," or "12 + 14 = Country Jazz."

Julian E. Tharpe - Loving Father, Grandfather, Brother, and a Dear Friend to many. Pure Genius! We miss you Julian!

Terry J. Wood
Julian Tharpe's - Steel Guitar Student
(bio created by friend Terry Wood)
Family links: 
  Leamon H. Tharpe (1900 - 1936)
  Maudie Chandler Tharpe (1904 - 1982)
  Ralph Samuel Tharpe (1921 - 1989)*
  James Harold Tharp (1929 - 1984)*
  Julian "Earl" Tharpe (1937 - 1994)
*Calculated relationship
Peniel Baptist Church Cemetery
Dale County
Alabama, USA
Maintained by: Terry Wood
Originally Created by: Christine Thacker
Record added: Nov 14, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9901349
Julian Earl Tharpe
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Julian Earl Tharpe
Added by: Christine Thacker
Julian Earl Tharpe
Added by: Terry Wood
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Awesome musician,I'm proud to be of this Bloodline..My great Great Maw maw Was/is Ava Jane Chandler,one of Her brothers was John Jason Chandler,then John Chandler to Maudie Chandler To Julian ,,,I go Ava Chandler,To Daughter Georgia to My Maw Maw Lorene t...(Read more)
- J.S
 Added: Jan. 24, 2016
Thinking about Sir Julian all of us steel players miss you and your awesome playing!
- Terry Wood
 Added: May. 7, 2014
Southern Friend and Pure America Steel Guitar! Miss your super playing and your humor friend!
- Terry Wood
 Added: May. 19, 2013
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