Travis Edmonson, Folk Music Star, Dies at 76
by Eugene Scott
Influential folk musician Travis Edmonson died Saturday at a Mesa hospital , according to the curator of the Travis Edmonson Collection.
Edmonson, 76, grew up in Nogales, where he discovered folk music. He became a major folk-music star in the 1950s and 1960s.
He was best known as a member of the Bud & Travis duo, which included Bud Dashiell. Their "Malaguena Salerosa" went platinum in the 1950s and "Cloudy Summer Afternoon" was a top 30 hit.
Edmonson's use of Spanish lyrics paved the way for other artists to use the language in their music.
His songs were recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and influenced folk groups that followed him.
Travis Edmonson an Arizona Legend
May. 15, 2009 12:00 AM
I read a very brief mention ("Travis Edmonson, folk-music star, dies at 76," Monday) of the well-known Arizona folk singer's passing.
Travis touched the lives of many people throughout his life.
As a teen growing up in eastern Arizona on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in the early '60s, I first heard him and his singing partner, Bud Dashiel, in a Scottsdale club. They were known as Bud and Travis then.
Travis was instrumental in changing the course of my musical destiny and interests.
In the recording industry, only three Arizona musicians established themselves early on. Unfortunately, this was before the Grammy Awards.
Travis Edmonson, the late cowboy singer-actor Rex Allen of Willcox, and Duane Eddy ("Rebel Rouser") of Phoenix can all be considered Arizona's own trendsetters at the national level in music.
Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde