Jazz guitarist Johnny Smith died at his home June 11, 2013, two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. Arguably the most respected and revered guitarist of the modern. Smith conducting a clinic at a music store in 1978, shortly before he retired as a performer. Smith in ’78: Lawrence Grinnell. Jazz guitarist Johnny Smith died at his home June 11, 2013, two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. Arguably the most respected and revered guitarist of the modern era (1950 to present), Smith was sincerely humble and reserved about his extraordinary talent.
Johnny Smith - guitar. George Roumanis - bass. Mousey Alexander - drums.
Johnny Smith is amongst the most long standing names in artist endorsed production jazz guitars, almost continuously from the 1950s until 2006 with G. look for the "moonlight in vermont" album. i feel it's kind of required listenoing for jazz guitar players. 09-26-2007, 06:31 AM tusculum.
Moonlight in Vermont is a 1956 compilation album by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith, featuring tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. The material on the album was recorded between 1952 and 1953, and was drawn from two 10-inch Lps, both titled "Jazz at NBC", which were previously issued by the Royal Roost label. Titled for Smith's breakthrough hit song, it was the N. Jazz Album for 1956
Smith taught himself to play guitar in pawnshops, which let him play in exchange for keeping the guitars in tune. At thirteen years of age he was teaching others to play the guitar Smith joined Uncle Lem and the Mountain Boys, a local hillbilly band that travelled around Maine, performing at dances, fairs, and similar venues. Smith earned four dollars a night . Guitarist Chet Atkins covered the tune, recording a neo-classical rendition of the song on the electric guitar for his Hi Fi in Focus album which preceded the Ventures' hit by three years. He played his arrangement fingerstyle, including the bass notes A, G, F, and E which later became the basis for the Ventures' arrangement.