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Billy Strange dies at 81; guitarist, arranger for Presley, Nancy Sinatra
Billy Strange dies at 81; guitarist, arranger for Presley, Nancy Sinatra

Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams. "I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is Elvis. I'd like for you to stop by my studios and play some music with me,'" Strange told an English newspaper in 2002. "I was absolutely thrilled, so I went along and he just sat at the piano playing gospel songs. We had a lot of fun; so much so that we never got around to recording anything that first day." -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: Billy Strange: In the Feb. 24 LATExtra section, the obituary of...

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