Charlie Lee Byrd (September 16, 1925 ? November 30, 1999) was a famous American jazz and classical guitarist born in Suffolk, Virginia. Byrd collaborated on the famous 1962 album Jazz Samba with Stan Getz, a recording which pushed bossa nova into the mainstream of North American music. He was the U.S. guitarist who best understood and played Brazilian music, especially the Bossa Nova genre.
During the late 1950s he toured Europe with Woody Herman as part of a United States State Department "goodwill tour". Byrd also led his own groups that at times featured his own brother Joe Byrd. His earliest and strongest musical influence was Django Reinhardt, the famous gypsy guitarist.