Merle Travis Two-Piece Suit Designed by Nudie, Shirt, and Boots. Merle Travis can only be truly described as a "Renaissance Man" of the country music world. Not only is he forever a legend on guitar and for his songwriting and singing, but Travis was also a renowned guitar designer and author. In 1946, after signing with Capitol Records, Merle scored his first vocal hit with "Cincinnati Lou", then followed with a number one hit entitled, "Divorce Me C.O.D". Travis designed an electric Spanish solid-body guitar in 1948, and the legend goes that this instrument (on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum) inspired Merle's good friend, Leo Fender to design what would become the Fender Telecaster electric guitar! During the 1950s, Travis worked in and around Los Angeles and even appeared in the classic 1953 film, "From Here To Eternity", as a guitar-picking soldier. In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded Travis's song, "Sixteen Tons". The song immediately became an American classic. Merle Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977 and died in 1983. The embroidery work on this coat designed especially for Travis by Nudie Cohn is painstakingly intricate and represents the showiness of Nudie's work. The designer's label is in the pants and the coat, as is the name of Merle Travis. One of Merle's shirts is also included to complete this classic outfit. Normal age wear with no major defects. Included in this lot is also a pair of Merle's cowboy boots.

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