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Revisiting the Sound of Guitar Pioneer Christian
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Revisiting the Sound of Guitar Pioneer Christian

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Charlie Christian

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Guitar legend Les Paul remembers the first time he encountered Charlie Christian. It was 1938. "I just heard something I never heard before," Paul says. On Morning Edition, Tom Vitale tells the story of Christian, who went on to play with Benny Goodman and was the first electric guitarist to reach a large popular audience.

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