Jazz guitarist known by the nickname Octopus because of his large hands and who released more than thirty albums.
He did not begin playing guitar until he was twenty-one years old, but was playing professionally within a year.
He worked as a bandleader, releasing an album between 1960 and 1975.
He was survived by family members when he died of esophageal cancer in 1998.
He was a contemporary of Chet Atkins and nearly as influential.