Carl Wagoner was born and raised in Key West. His father played ukulele in a barber shop quartet. The Wagoners had an organ at their house, and by the time he was five, Carl had learned to play it by ear. A local music shop open house was broadcast on radio channel WKWF. Carl played "Blue Spanish Eyes." During school piano lessons Carl faked reading the music, just playing and turning the pages. He received an "A" in the class. Carl graduated from Key West High School in 1985. For Christmas in 1980, Carl's mother gave him his first guitar and amplifier, purchased from a Sears catalog. She said "I don't know why I'm getting this for you you'll probably never play it." Carl changed from the piano to the guitar and never looked back.
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