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Lenny Breau

g, 1941-1984 US, Auburn, Maine
Musician / Songwriter of Jazz
A.k.a. Leonard Harold Breau

Jazz guitarist. Born : August 5, 1941, Auburn, Maine Died : August 12, 1984, Los Angeles, California A legendary guitarist who developed his unique playing style blending, country, classical, jazz, and flamenco - often in the same arrangements. The son of country recording artists Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, he found early inspiration in musicians like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins on traditional fingerpicking style, and later Bill Evans when it came to harmonics and approach. Over time he sought to continue the development of his playing styles by using custom made 7-string guitars. Throughout his career he struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. When living, his style and techniques were studied by many pro guitarist who would gather to observe his live performances. At the age of 43, he was found dead in a Los Angeles swimming pool. His death remains an unsolved homicide. In 1997, he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Berklee College of Music offers a course in his unique style, and he continues to be studied as one of the most innovative and influential guitarist who who has ever lived.

  • Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Country
Popular Tracks   
Lenny's Mood on Cabin Fever by Lenny Breau
Here's That Rainy Day on Cabin Fever by Lenny Breau
Tenderly on Standard Brands by Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins
Polka Dots and Moonbeams on Standard Brands by Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins
I'll See You In My Dreams on Boy Wonder by Lenny Breau
Batucada on Standard Brands by Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins
Cattle Call on Standard Brands by Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins
This Can't Be Love on Standard Brands by Lenny Breau & Chet Atkins
It Could Happen To You on The Hallmark Sessions by Lenny Breau
Days of Wine and Roses on Five O'clock Bells / Mo' Breau by Lenny Breau

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
LA Bootleg 1984Lenny Breau2014Album
MosaicLenny Breau2006Album
At The Purple OnionLenny Breau, Don Francks, Eon Henstridge2004Album
The Complete Living Room TapesLenny Breau & Brad Terry2003Album
The Hallmark SessionsLenny Breau2003Album
Pickin' CottenLenny Breau & Richard Cotten2001Album
Live At Donte'sLenny Breau2000Album
Boy WonderLenny Breau1998Album
Chance MeetingTal Farlow & Lenny Breau1997Album
Cabin FeverLenny Breau1997Album
Live At Bourbon St.Lenny Breau With Dave Young1995Album
The Living Room Tapes, Volume 2Lenny Breau and Brad Terry1990Album
Last SessionsLenny Breau1988Album
Five O'Clock Bells / Mo' BreauLenny Breau1987Compil.
The Living Room Tapes, Volume 1Lenny Breau & Brad Terry1986Album
QuietudeLenny Breau & Dave Young1985Album
LegacyLenny Breau with Dave Young1984Album
When Lightn' Strikes...Lenny Breau1982Album
Mo' BreauLenny Breau1981Album
Standard BrandsLenny Breau And Chet Atkins1981Album
Lenny BreauLenny Breau1979Album
The Legendary Lenny Breau ...Now!Lenny Breau1979Album
Five O'Clock BellsLenny Breau1979Album
Minors AloudBuddy Emmons With Lenny Breau1978Album
The Velvet Touch Of Lenny Breau - Live!Lenny Breau1969Album
Guitar Sounds From Lenny BreauLenny Breau1969Album
Hopeless WomanBetty Cody Featuring Her Sons Denny Breau & Lenny BreauSingle
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