Fannin County, Texas

Charles Henry Christian

(July 29, 1916 - March 2, 1942)

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As a child Bonham native Charles (Charlie) Christian was exposed to the guitar artistry and soprano solos of his parents Clarence and Willie Mae Christian.  Though taught in the guitar chord technique, he developed a unique single-string style that made his reputation and earned him a place in music great Benny Goodman's band in 1939.  A jazz guitar prodigy, he played with Goodman, Count Basie, and at Carnegie hall before dying of tuberculosis at the age of 25.


Location:  The marker is in Gates Hill Cemetery, located at the south end of Bonham, just off SH 78.


Read more about Charlie Christian at his wikipedia site.


​Hear his music on youtube.


​The photos below are from the wonderful exhibit at the Fannin County Museum of History devoted to Charlie Christian.