Guitarist Billy Mure dies, age 97

American guitarist Sebastian “Billy” Mure passed away on September 25th. He was 97 and would have turned 98 on November 4th.

Billy Mure - Blue Hawaii

Mure was born in New York and played violin before making guitar his primary instrument. He played in bands while in the service during World War II and found work at radio station WNEW after the war until 1957. In addition to his solo recordings, he worked as a session musician, composer, and arranger.

Billy Mure released countless solo albums, in styles ranging from surf to pop to Hawaiian. Other artists he worked with include Paul Anka, Frankie Laine, Perry Como, Patti Page and Tony Bennett.

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