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Billy Strange


  • Born 1930, Long Beach, California

Billy Strange adapted and restrained Vic Flick's famous "James Bond Theme" guitar bass line twang and applied it to numerous covers of current hits as well as occasional original tunes on a series of albums for Gene Norman's Crescendo label. His sound gradually drifted away from Hollywood and towards Nashville. Although technically proficient, Strange toned things down a bit too much and his albums sound rather sedate today.


Recordings

  • 12 String Guitar, GNP Crescendo GNP 94
  • Mr. Guitar, GNP Crescendo GNP 97 (reissued on Sunset SUS 5209)
  • Goldfinger, GNP Crescendo GNPS2006
  • English Hits of '65, GNP Crescendo GNPS2009
  • Billy Strange Plays the Hits, GNP Crescendo GNPS2012
  • Folk Rock Hits, GNP Crescendo GNPS2016
  • Secret Agent File, GNP Crescendo GNP2019
  • In the Mexican Bag, GNP Crescendo GNPS2022
  • Billy Strange Plays Roger Miller Hits, GNP Crescendo GNPS2024
  • Billy Strange and the Challengers, GNP Crescendo GNPS2030
  • The Best of Billy Strange, GNP Crescendo GNPS2037
  • James Bond Double Feature, GNP Crescendo GNPS2039
  • Railroad Man, GNP Crescendo GNPS2041
  • Great Western Hits, GNP Crescendo GNPS2046
  • Dyn-O-Mite Guitar, GNP Crescendo GNPS2094
  • Folk Hits, GNP Crescendo
  • Strange Country, Tradition 2080
  • Billy Strange, Design DLP-622


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