Merle Travis is one of country music’s most legendary guitar players with a unique style of three finger playing today known as Travis Picking. He developed one of the first solid-body electric guitars, and that design was the template Leo Fender used when he started making Fender guitars. Travis was also a fine country singer and wrote several standards including "Dark as a Dungeon" and "Sixteen Tons,” with lyrics so authentic that many think they’re folk songs. He remained an active performer and recording artist till his death in 1983. Travis was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.