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Buddy Merrill


  • Born Leslie Merrill Behunin, Jr. 16 July 1936, Torrey, Utah

Buddy MerrillA fantastic multi-tracking guitarist in a league with Billy Mure. He started playing guitar with his father's country and western band, Les Merrill and the Rhythm Acess in Utah in the early 1950s. He was largely self-taught on guitar, arranging, and composing. Merrill worked with a variety of bands before he joined Lawrence Welk's orchestra in 1959. Always willing to put business before musical tastes, Welk wanted to get a piece of the new "rock and roll" audience and hired Merrill to play "Rock Around the Clock." Although he remained as a featured player until he left the group in 1977, Merrill was considered something of an outsider among the conservative Welk family of performers.

Merrill was a versatile and proficient guitar player, and performed and recorded on both electric and pedal steel guitars. He released a number of solo recordings in the 1960s and early 1970s, and supplemented his work with Welk by producing musical scores for television commercials. After leaving Welk, Merrill wrote and produced television and radio commercials, and played in a country music band that performed in L.A. for several years.

Check out the new Buddy Merrill website at http://www.buddymerrillmusic.com/. Not only is it full of information about his career, but it's one of the few places in the world where you can buy new copies of many of his albums direct from the artist himself. Give the big labels the heave-ho and put your bucks right into the pockets of one of the era's finest musicians!


  • Guitars Express, ACD 6041, (due September, 1998)
  • The Exciting Guitars of Buddy Merrill, ACD 5038, 1998
  • World of Guitars, ACD 6030, 1994 (sampler of Buddy's compositions)
  • Beyond the Reef, ACD 5034, 1992
  • Classics in Rhythm, ACS 5054, 1980
  • Guitar Sounds of Buddy Merrill, ACS 50100, 1977
  • Buddy Merrill Today, ACS 5052, 1975
  • Upbeat M.O.R., ACS 5048, 1975
  • World of Guitars, ACS 5042, 1972
  • Country Capers, ACS 5040, 1972
  • 25 Great All-Time Hits, ACS 5038, 1971
  • Steel Guitar Country,ACS 5036, 1970
  • Beyond the Reef,ACS 5034, 1970
  • Guitar Sounds of the 70's, ACS 5032, 1970
  • The Best of Buddy Merrill, ACS 5034, 1969
  • Electrosonic Guitars, ACS 5028, 1969
  • Land of a Thousand Guitars, ACS 5026, 1967
  • Sounds of Love, ACS 5024, 1967
  • The Many Splendored Guitars of Buddy Merrill, ACS 5022, 1967
  • Guitars on Fire, Accent SQBO 91997
  • The Exciting World of Buddy Merrill, ACS 5020, 1966
  • Latin Festival, ACS 5018, 1966
  • Holiday from Guitars, Accent AC 5016, 1965
  • The Guitar Sounds of Buddy Merrill, ACS 5010, 1965


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