Phil Baugh

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Phil Baugh
Background information
Born(1936-12-13)December 13, 1936
OriginMarysville, California
DiedNovember 4, 1990(1990-11-04) (aged 53)
Occupation(s)Session musician
Years active1960s-1980s
LabelsLonghorn, Era
Formerly ofNashville Superpickers

Phil Baugh (December 13, 1936 – November 4, 1990) was an American guitarist. He was known as one of the leading hot country guitarists whose "playing exuded joy and humor."[1] He was active from the 1960s through the 1980s, performing as a highly sought-after session musician as well as a top recording artist in his own right.


Phil Baugh was born in Olivehurst, California in 1936. Baugh signed a deal with Crest Records in 1962. With promotion from Longhorn Records in Dallas, Texas his song "Country Guitar" became a hit. He then recorded an album called Country Guitar II as a follow-up. He continued to work in Southern California, including joining Ray Price's band in 1969. In 1975 he moved to Nashville where he became a popular session guitarist. In the 1980s he was part of a country/jazz band called The Nashville Superpickers. The lineup included steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, drummer Buddy Harman, bassist Henry Strzelecki, pianist Willie Rainsford and harmonica player Terry McMillan. He suffered a coronary in 1985 and died five years later at the age of 53.[2]

Baugh's "Country Guitar" and "One Man Band" were top 40 hits on Billboard's country chart during 1965.


Phil Baugh was one of the great country Fender Telecaster players[3] along with James Burton and Don Rich. The entire album "Live Wire!" was recorded with his signature heavily customized Telecaster. But he also had other guitars, including a custom made doubleneck guitar from Mosrite and a Chet Atkins model Gretsch.


Live Wire!


Year Album US Country Label
1965 Country Guitar 4 Longhorn
1969 California Guitar Era
1975 Country Guitar II Toro
2005 Live Wire! Sundazed


Year Single US Country Album
1965 "Country Guitar" 16 Country Guitar
"One Man Band" 27


  • "Best Guitarist" by the ACM 1965
  • "Outstanding Instrumentalist of the Year" by Billboard 1965
  • "Instrumentalist of the Year" by Cash Box 1965
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979 for his performance with The Nashville Superpickers on The Austin City Limits

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  1. ^ "Phil Baugh".
  2. ^ "Phil Baugh | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions".