Merle Travis bio

Birth Name: Merle Travis

Occupation: Country Singer

Place Of Birth: KY

Date Of Birth: November 29, 1917

Date Of Death: October 20, 1983

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: Unknown

Nationality: American

Merle Travis was born on the 29th of November, 1917. He was popular for being a Country Singer. Singer who developed his own guitar playing style called “Travis picking” and who released hit songs like “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” and “Sixteen Tons.”

Merle Travis was born in KY. He learned the five-string banjo from his father and from his neighbors, among them the father of the future Everly Brothers. Travis learned picking techniques that allowed bass and melody lines to play at the same time. He wrote the million-copy-selling “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!” for Tex Williams. His own songs like “Divorce Me C.O.D” and “Three Times Seven” entered the Billboard top ten.

Merle Travis was a Sagittarius and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Merle Travis was born in 1910s. The 1910s represented the culmination of European militarism. Discover what happened on this day.

Merle Travis is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


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Merle Travis’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on Merle Travis’s parents.

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Personal Life

Like many famous people and celebrities, Merle Travis kept his personal life private. Once more details are available, we will update this section.

Merle Travis was born in the Year of the Serpent.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: Merle Travis
BIRTH SIGN: Sagittarius
BIRTH DAY: Thursday
DEATH DAY: Thursday



Zodiac Sign: Merle Travis was a Sagittarius. People of this zodiac sign like freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors and dislike clingy people, constrained, off-the-wall theories. The strengths of this sign are being generous, idealistic, sense of humor, while weaknesses can be to promise more than can deliver, impatient and say anything no matter how undiplomatic. The greatest overall compatibility with Sagittarius is Gemini and Aries.

Chinese Zodiac: Merle Travis was born in the Year of the Ox. People born under this sign are often seen as humorous and gifted in literature and art. However, the snake can be overly suspicious, which makes them a bit paranoid.

Ruling Planet: Merle Travis had a ruling planet of Jupiter and has a ruling planet of Jupiter and by astrological associations Thursday is ruled by Jupiter. This planet represents abundance, prosperity and the principle of expansion. People who are born with Jupirer as the ruling planet are optimistic and have a big appetite for life.

Merle Travis’s birth sign is Sagittarius and he had a ruling planet of Jupiter.

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