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Melodic Banjoist Bobby Thompson Died

Bobby Thompson has been credited with inventing the "melodic" playing style of the banjo and is regarded by many as one of the top bluegrass and jazz style banjoists died Wednesday after a long illness. Bill Keith and Thompson were the early innovators of the melodic banjo style. Thompson has been ill for some time with Multiple Sclerosis and forced him into retirement nearly 15 years ago.

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May 19, 2005 in people | Permalink