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Bill Carson
Birth: Jul. 8, 1926
Meridian
Stephens County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 2007
Franklin
Williamson County
Tennessee, USA

Electric Guitar Pioneer. He was an accomplished Western Swing guitarist, when he relocated to California in 1951. He soon established himself as the main guitarist for artist to include Hank Thompson, Spade Cooley and Billy Gray. In 1954, he became associated and a good friend with Leo Fender of Fender Musical Instruments, Fullerton. Working with Fender in product development he is credited for the design of the famous Fender Stratocaster guitar. With Fender he held various positions such as plant manager, Director of Artist Relations, Director of Customer Service, Marketing Director, and Sales Manager until retiring in 2001. His relationship to the Strat guitar is documented in his autobiography book, "My Life & Times with Fender Musical Instruments " a best seller. On October 13, 2006, Carson's personal 1959 Fiesta Red, custom-built Stratocaster sold for a record $66,000 at Christie's Auction House, New York. Also a farmer, for 16 years he held the Guinness World Record for the heaviest watermelon at 262 pounds. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Donated to medical science
Specifically: Body donated to the Vanderbilt Medical School.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Feb 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17973318
Bill Carson
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Bill Carson
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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