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 Joe Maphis

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Joe Maphis Famous memorial

Birth
Nansemond, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA
Death
27 Jun 1986 (aged 65)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID
12158 View Source

Musician. Born Otis Wilson Maphis in Suffolk, Virginia, he was a double neck guitar player best known for being half of the popular husband-wife country music duo, "Joe and Rose Maphis". During the 1940s to 1960s, together with his wife Rose Lee, they rose to prominence with various hits including their most well known song, "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)." With his double-neck Mosrite guitar, he was one of the flashiest country artist dubbed the King of Strings, as featured on his solo album "Fire on the Strings" (1957). He was also a regular guest on the Jimmy Dean television show in the 1960s.

Musician. Born Otis Wilson Maphis in Suffolk, Virginia, he was a double neck guitar player best known for being half of the popular husband-wife country music duo, "Joe and Rose Maphis". During the 1940s to 1960s, together with his wife Rose Lee, they rose to prominence with various hits including their most well known song, "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)." With his double-neck Mosrite guitar, he was one of the flashiest country artist dubbed the King of Strings, as featured on his solo album "Fire on the Strings" (1957). He was also a regular guest on the Jimmy Dean television show in the 1960s.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 2 Sep 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 12158
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12158/joe-maphis: accessed ), memorial page for Joe Maphis (12 May 1921–27 Jun 1986), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12158, citing Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .