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Legendary guitarist Garland dies
Hank Garland
Garland was considered the ultimate Nashville studio guitarist
Legendary country, rock and jazz guitarist Hank Garland has died at the age of 74.

Garland, who performed with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and Patsy Cline among others, died in Florida on Monday.

Walter "Hank" Garland was renowned guitarist on Nashville's country scene during the 1950s and 60s.

His bother, Billy Garland, paid tribute by saying the musician was "was born with a God-given talent".

Country star

Garland started playing guitar at the age of six and by 12 was regularly appearing on radio shows.

He had his first million-selling hit at 19 with Sugar Foot Rag, a famous country tune, and worked with Elvis during the 1950s and 60s on hits such as Little Sister and Big Hunk of Love.

In addition to performing with Elvis and other Nashville stars, Garland was at the forefront of the rock 'n' roll movement and enjoyed a successful career as a country virtuoso.

Garland, who spent the final years of his life fighting ill health and record companies over royalties, died of a staph infection at Orange Park Medical Centre.

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