Floyd Guitar Smith

Floyd George Smith (January 25, 1917 – March 29, 1982), sometimes credited as Floyd “Guitar” Smith, was an American jazz guitarist and record producer.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Smith studied music theory as a teenager and learned ukulele as a child before taking up guitar. He spent his early career in territory bands, playing in groups such as Eddie Johnson‘s Crackerjacks, the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, the Sunset Royal Orchestra, the Brown Skin Models, and Andy Kirk‘s 12 Clouds Of Joy. His composition “Floyd’s Guitar Blues”, recorded with Andy Kirk’s orchestra in March 1939, has been claimed as the first hit record to feature a blues solo on electric guitar.

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