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Walter Louis Garland
(11 November 1930 – 27 December 2004) professionally Hank Garland, was an American guitarist and songwriter. He started as a country musician, played rock and roll as it became popular in the 1950s, and released a jazz album in 1960. His career was cut short when a car accident in 1961 left him unable to perform.
He has worked with everyone from Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Duane Allman, and many more artist. He was known for playing the "Sugarfoot Rag".
He is known to play a Gibson Byrdland.
In 1955 in collaboration with Nashville guitarists Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, Gibson developed the Byrdland guitar, the name of which is derived from their last names. Only three were produced in 1955. Billy is assumed to have got #1, Hank #2 and then a third with a Cherry sunburst finish was ordered by Hank.
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