1965 Murph 12-String Squire in Candy Apple Red

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.

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Here is the original Ebay listing:
VERY RARE MURPH 12 STRING SQUIER GUITAR.Made in Cal. USA guitar.Candy Apple Red

Here is more about Patrick Murphy and Murph Guitars:
Murph Guitars Website

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Buddy Holly History, January 23, 1986


On this day, January 23 1986, Buddy Holly was inducted into the very first class of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Included in the very first inaugural class of inductees:

      • Chuck Berry
      • James Brown
      • Ray Charles
      • Sam Cooke
      • Fats Domino
      • The Everly Brothers
      • Buddy Holly
      • Jerry Lee Lewis
      • Little Richard
      • Elvis Presley

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RIP Jerry Naylor



Jerry Naylor, 1950’s and 60’s rocker-turned-country, and one time member of The Crickets, passed away quietly at his home in McMinnville, Oregon on December 5, 2019. He was 80 years old.

The Crickets: Jerry Allison, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Naylor and Sonny Curtis
Crickets Sonny Curtis, Bobby Vee, Glen D. Hardin and Jerry Naylor
Jerry Naylor with Glen Campbell

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Buddy Holly History, December 7, 1955

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess



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

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess. Photo courtesy of Sonny Curtis.

Hashtags: #BuddyHolly #SonnyCurtis #DonGuess  #Lubbock #WichitaFalls #NesmanStudio

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

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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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