That’s All Right – Elvis Presley 16-Oct-54



October 16, 1954
Shreveport, Louisiana

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.

Elvis Presley performs with Scotty Moore and Bill Black on the weekly broadcast of Louisiana Hayride at the Shreveport Auditorium, only three months after leaving home for the first time in October 1954.
Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore and Bill Black, October 1954. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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.

Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
Photo: Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, 1995. Wikimedia Commons

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John Fogerty Inducts Buddy Holly to Rock Hall of Fame



Watch John Fogerty induct Buddy Holly into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

In the inaugural year of the Rock Hall of Fame, here is the Class of 1986. You simply can’t beat this list:

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The Leaves


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

Hey Joe

In November 1965, they recorded Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go as a single, and it was released on the Mira Records label.

Photo: Discogs.com


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.

Photo: Reverb.com

Video: Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go (Enhanced)

Video: Hey Joe, Where You Gonna Go (Live)

The Record

Hey Joe, search for the original vinyl album on eBay: ebay | music | records | the leaves

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The Leaves: Wikipedia
Hey Joe, an album by The Leaves: Wikipedia
Hey Joe, album by The Leaves: Discogs

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Coast Wholesale Music Company



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.

Some of the people in the music business connected to Coast Wholesale Music Company were: Don Talbot, Gabe Ireland, Donald Johnson, Bob King, Hai Muradian, Allan Small, Lloyd Stark.

More info from National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM): Coast Wholesale Music Company.

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.

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Vintage 1965 Murph Squire original condition with single pickup


1965 Murph Squire

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.

eBay: 1965 MURPH SQUIRE 1 SINGLE PICKUP IN WHITE VINTAGE GUITAR ORIGINAL COND Strat

Tone Gems is not affiliated with eBay, or the seller, and does not endorse this purchase.

More about Patrick Murphy: www.murphguitars.com/history

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The Beatles 1964 Cowbell


So when did the cowbell become a thing? You can hear Ringo banging on it in each bridge of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ in 1964.

#morecowbell #thebeatlesdiditfirst

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Buddy Holly Day 2019


Buddy Holly Day is coming September 7, Buddy’s birthday. Stay tuned for more details.

#BuddyHollyDay

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Texas Blues – A 60-Second Primer

Texas Blues Musicians

Here’s your Texas Blues primer in just 60-seconds…

Blind Lemon Jefferson


Blind Lemon Jefferson

T-Bone Walker


T-Bone Walker

  • Born in Linden, Texas, 1910. Died in Los Angeles, California, 1975.
  • Recorded from 1929 to 1973.
  • Traveled and played with Blind Lemon Jefferson.
  • Songs: Woman You Must Be Crazy, Stormy Monday, T-Bone Shuffle, Mean Old World, T-Bone Blues, Shufflin’ Blues, Wichita Falls Blues.
  • Inaugural member of Blues Hall of Fame, 1980.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1987.
  • T-Bone Walker – Wikipedia
  • T-Bone Walker Discography – Discogs

Lightnin’ Hopkins


Lightnin' Hopkins

Janis Joplin


Janis Joplin

  • Born in Port Arthur, Texas, 1943. Died in Los Angeles, California, 1970 (drug overdose).
  • Recorded from 1962 to 1970 (just 8 years).
  • Songs: Piece Of My Heart, Me And Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, Summertime, Down On Me, Maybe, Ball And Chain.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1995.
  • Janis Joplin – Wikipedia
  • Janis Joplin Discography – Discogs

Johnny Winter


Johnny Winter

Steve Ray Vaughan


Stevie Ray Vaughan

  • Born in Dallas, Texas, 1954. Died in East Troy, Wisconsin, 1990 (helicopter crash).
  • Recorded from 1983 to 1990 (just 7 years).
  • Songs: Pride And Joy, Crossfire, Little Wing, The House Is Rockin’, Life By The Drop, Superstition, The Sky Is Crying.
  • Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Award), 2000
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2015.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan – Wikipedia
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan Discography – Discogs

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1965 Bartell Spyder Spotted on eBay


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.

Here is the original eBay post: 1965 Bartell Spyder Electric guitar CANDY BLUE CALIFORNIA ORIG

Bartell was a family-owned musical instruments company from about 1964 to 1968, making guitars in my hometown of Riverside, California.

Learn more about the Bartell company and their electric guitars and basses at this great website dedicated to Bartell: Bartell Guitars and Bases

Here are some photos of the guitar for sale.

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The Night the Music Died

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.

Link to the KCTV 5 News Report: Fans, descendants remember impact of ‘the day the music died’ 60 years later

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