Biography by Richie Unterberger
Strange was a top L.A. session guitarist in the 1960s, and also worked as an arranger for Nancy Sinatra and Dean Martin (he also wrote a hit for Chubby Checker, "Limbo Rock"). He also released instrumental recordings that gave a folk-country-easy listening treatment to country, folk, and pop tunes. Strange's style, with its dextrous, rich, tone, virtuosic picking, and easy-on-the-ear arrangements, has been aptly dubbed "loungeabilly" -- roots music for those who need to ease into (or want to totally avoid) the real thing. True, it's not Bill Monroe or Bela Fleck, but as a guitarist he had an interesting, distinctive flavor.
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