::: TV GUITAR HERO BUDDY MERRILL TURNS 78 :::
For about 15 years, Buddy Merrill was one of premier guitarists on The Lawrence Welk Show, putting him and his Fender Stratocaster in front of millions of impressionable kids.
Looking back, it’s clear that Welk was no fool and understood that the electric guitar and “this rock ‘n’ roll thing” was big news and big business, so he hired Merrill and co-guitarist Neil Levang to provide the guitar wizardry for his otherwise middle-of-the-road pop orchestrations and ballads. For his part, Buddy delivered cool lead and fingerpicking displays, as well as hot pedal-steel.
Born on July 16, 1936, Buddy turns 78 today. Happy birthday, sir!