The Leaves, an American garage rock band from the 1960s
The Leaves were an American rock ‘n’ roll ‘garage band’ hailing from San Fernando, California. They started out as one of the first successful ‘garage bands’ of the 1960s, actively performing from the mid-60s through the early ’70s. They were extremely popular on the local music scene in Southern California, and were the first artists to have a hit with Billy Roberts’ now classic song ‘Hey Joe’ in 1966.
Too Many People
The Leaves first hit was the single, Too Many People in 1965. It became huge hit in Southern California and opened doors for them to bigger stages and venues.
Video: Too Many People
In November 1965, they recorded Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go as a single, and it was released on the Mira Records label.
While recording the song, they employed a newly invented guitar effect called the ‘fuzz tone’—using a Maestro FZ-1 pedal created by Gibson Guitar. While The Leaves use of the the fuzz tone was fairly mild, the Rolling Stones would soon feature the Maestro pedal on their huge hit Satisfaction.
Coast Wholesale Music Company from the San Francisco Bay Area was an importer and wholesale distributor of musical instruments. They focused predominantly on importing instruments (guitars!) made in Japan to the United States in the 1940’s through the 1960’s. The company was purchased by Charlie Kamam of Kaman Music around 1968, along with Coast Wholesale of Los Angeles — a completely separate company in Southern California with the same name — and C. Bruno & Sons of Texas.
Kaman Music Corp. would later introduce the line of Ovation guitars.
Similar links: Coast Wholesale Music Co. of Los Angeles (founded by Eric Emerson), Ovation Guitars, Kaman Music Corporation, Jupiter Band Instruments, KHS Musical Company, Hohner, Inc., St. Louis Music, C. Bruno & Sons.
C. Bruno & Sons was a sister company in Texas.
Kaman Music Corp. introduced the Ovation line of guitars. Charlie Kaman and son, Bill Kaman.
Check out this extremely rare Murph electric guitar being offered on eBay. These guitars were built in Southern California in the mid-1960’s by Patrick Murphy, a World War II Navy vet turned guitar luthier and entrepreneur.
A very rare 1965 Bartell Spyder electric guitar, labeled and marketed by house brand St. George, was spotted this week selling on eBay. The seller from Aurora, Ohio has listed a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $1585.95.
KCTV5 news reporter Amy Anderson transports you back to the Surf Ballroom and the Winter Dance Party.
Kansas City news reporter Amy Anderson and producer Zoe Brown interview two ‘teenagers’ who were at the Surf Ballroom on February 3, 1959 and then travel to Clear Lake, Iowa to file this exceptional story about ‘The Night The Music Died.’ Also, the story includes a connection to original Cricket rhythm guitar player, Niki Sullivan.