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Died On This Date (July 14, 2013) Curly Lewis / Western Swing Fiddle Legend

Posted by themusicsover on July 14, 2013

Julian “Curly” Lewis
1924 – July 14, 2013

curly-lewisCurly Lewis was an influential fiddle player who, over a career that spanned 80 – yes, 80 years, played on some of the greatest western swing records ever made and helped popularize the genre.  At the age of 11, Lewis won a fiddle contest that was sponsored by Bob Wills who probably would have hired him on the spot had he not been just a kid.  By the time Lewis was 20, he had relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he landed a job playing with Johnny Lee Wills with whom he’d stay for more than a decade.  He later spent time playing with Wills and later still, in Leon McAulliffe’s Cimarron Boys and Hank Thompson.  Lewis played what turned out to be his last gig in February of 2013 at his induction into the National Fiddlers Hall Of Fame in Tulsa.  Curly Lewis was 88 when he passed away on July 14, 2013.

Thanks to Henk de Bruin for the assist.

5 Responses to “Died On This Date (July 14, 2013) Curly Lewis / Western Swing Fiddle Legend”

  1. You will be missed Uncle Curly but your contributions to music will live on forever!

  2. He was my Grandmothers Cousin. My Uncle Wattie Lewis died last year too and I guess he would have told me if he was still alive. 🙁

  3. Cindi Taylor Lewis said

    My husband's cousin, Arthur "Ray" Lewis.

  4. Jim Blankenship said

    No one could play Don’t Let The Deal go down like curly.

  5. Melissa Barnett said

    Curly Lewis was the Grandfather to 2 of my brothers! Thomas Zane Lewis Jr. & Joseph Michael Lewis! Wish they could have gotten to know him!

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