A rare 1966 Murph electric guitar surprisingly shows up on eBay, but that’s only part of the #AlmostFamous story. Read on…
1966 Murph Squire II-T
From the Listing
“Up for auction is a rare Murph Squire II-T made in 1966. These were produced between mid-1965 and around March or April of 1967 by Murphy Music Industries located at 1817 First Street in San Fernando, California. The company was owned by Patrick Murphy (1920-2009) who was born in Illinois, raised in Detroit, and settled his wife and 5 kids in California following World War II.”
Continuing the saga of how a WWII Navy fighter pilot-turned-entrepreneur to design and build his own brand of electric guitars in the 1960s. Guitar player and author of the book series Guitar Stories, Michael Wright tells the unique story of Patrick Murphy and Murph Guitars. The story is told here by Michael Wright in Vintage Guitar Magazine.
Here is Sonny Curtis playing his guitar and singing a special song he wrote as a tribute to his childhood friend, Buddy Holly, called The Real Buddy Holly Story.
He wrote the early rocker Rockin’ Around with Ollie Vee and later wrote the famous theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He basically grew up with Buddy Holly and the Crickets. He travelled to Nashville in 1956 and played lead guitar on Buddy’s Decca recordings made at Owen Bradley’s Barn (aka the Quonset Hut). Later, Sonny became a permanent member of The Crickets after Buddy’s passing.
Here he is playing and singing a song he penned called The Real Buddy Holly Story.
A very rare sighting of a Murph Squire 12-string electric guitar!
As seen on Ebay, this Squire 12-string is in pretty good shape for its age. The Murph Squire 6 and 12-string guitars were built by Murphy Music Industries – a company started by WWII veteran Patrick Murphy – in the San Fernando, California in the mid-1960s.
On this day December 7, 1955, Buddy Holly travelled from Lubbock to Wichita Falls, Texas with friends Sonny Curtis, Don Guess, and Jerry Allison to record a demo record at Nesman Recording Studio. The songs recorded that day were:
Moonlight Baby* (unissued)
I Guess I Was Just A Fool (unissued)
Don’t Come Back Knockin’ (demo)
Love Me (demo)
* Moonlight Baby was an alternate title for Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight.
Buddy sang and played guitar. Others participating were Sonny Curtis (guitar), Don Guess (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums)
Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess. Photo courtesy of Sonny Curtis.
Just a few weeks after recording and his first record with Sam Phillips at the Sun Records studio, Elvis Presley with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, appeared live on the Louisiana Hayride which was broadcast on KWKH.
That’s All Right (Live from the Louisiana Hayride, Shreveport, Louisiana) October 16, 1954.
The Hayride was performed live in front of an audience at the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium.
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.