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Eddie Lang

  • Original Name Salvatore Massaro
  • Birth 25 Oct 1902 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 26 Mar 1933 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 6428504

Musician. Born Salvatore Massaro, he was a virtuoso guitarist regarded as the father of modern jazz guitar. In 1924, he moved to New York, joined the Mound City Blue Blowers and made his first recording. A talented musician in the beginning of the electric guitar era, he was in demand as both an accompanist and a soloist. He performed with such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith, Bing Crosby and many more. From 1926 till his death, he served as house guitarist at Okeh Records with solo works to include "Pickin' My Way", "Eddie's Twister" and "Church Street Sobbin' Blues". He died unexpectedly from severe blood loss after a tonsillectomy operation.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 May 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6428504
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eddie Lang (25 Oct 1902–26 Mar 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6428504, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .