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Leon Chappelear
Leon Chappelear
Horace Leon Chappelear (b. Aug 1, 1909, Tyler TX, d. Oct. 22, 1962) was a guitarist, vocalist and bandleader who had a number of hit singles in the '30s and '40s. He worked closely with country legend Jimmie Davis, playing blues-style guitar on several of his albums. Davis would later prove instrumental to the development of Chappelear's career, helping him to get signed to Decca in the mid '30s. Chappelear already had recorded several memorable songs with his band, Leon's Lone Star Cowboys, including "Just Because" and "Deep Elm Blues," both recorded for the Victor label in 1933, but it was during his time at Decca that his career really took off. Between 1935 and 1937 he would record several dozen western swing singles for the label, before going on hiatus during World War II.
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