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Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian (Guitar)

Born: 29th July 1916, Bonham, Texas, U.S.

Died: 2nd March 1942, Staten Island, New York

Nationality: American

Charles Henry Christian was an American swing and jazz guitarist.

Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra from August 1939 to June 1941. His single-string technique, combined with amplification, helped bring the guitar out of the rhythm section and into the forefront as a solo instrument. For this, he is often credited with leading to the development of the lead guitar role in musical ensembles and bands.