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Luther Perkins
Birth: Jan. 8, 1928
Death: Aug. 5, 1968

Musician. As lead guitar player for Johnny Cash from 1955 until 1968, he was responsible for creating the very distinct sound behind Cash. Perkins, along with bass player Marshall Grant, became known as "The Tennessee Two". He played several different guitars, including the Fender Telecaster. The band was later changed to "The Tennessee Three" with the addition of drummer W. S. Holland. Perkins died at 40 from injuries sustained in a house fire. His position as lead guitarist was filled by Bob Wootton, who played for Cash until health problems caused him to retire. Perkins was known worldwide as an innovative guitar player who loved his music and his fans. Johnny and June Carter Cash often referred to him as their "goodwill ambassador". (bio by: Tom Fascian) 

Cause of death: house fire started when a lit cigarette fell out of his mouth
 
Burial:
Hendersonville Memory Gardens
Hendersonville
Sumner County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.31176, -86.5932
 
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Record added: Sep 03, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 12214
Luther Perkins
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