Terry Oliver


Oral History Information

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Musician, Guitarist

Terry Oliver grew up in Southern California and remembers the day his father took him for guitar lessons at RC Allen’s guitar shop in 1964. The famous luthier had dozens of projects in the works including building a hollow body guitar and a banjo. In 1967, Terry’s father requested that Mr. Allen build a guitar for his son, which Terry plays to this today. Around that same time, Terry met Merle Travis who showed young Terry a few chords on another model RC had built. Terry went on to play for several bands in and around the Los Angeles area for over 40 years.