Buddy Holly History, January 23 1956

On this day 60 years ago, January 23 1956, a 20-year-old Buddy Holly along with guitarist Sonny Curtis and bass player Don Guess loaded their gear into Buddy’s parent’s Buick (strapping the upright bass to the roof of the car!) and left Lubbock for Nashville hoping they might cut a record and become rock and roll stars.

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

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John Lennon’s Gretsch Up for Auction

John Lennons Gretsch Chet Atkins 6120

The guitar John Lennon played on Paperback Writer

Guitar Player magazine (www.guitarplayer.com) is reporting that John Lennon’s Gretsch 6120 will be auctioned in November. This is the same guitar that was played by Lennon in April 1966 while recording The Beatles hit “Paperback Writer.” It is estimated that the guitar might fetch as much as $1 million!

The early 1960′s Gretsch is a Chet Adkins model with a pair of Gretsch FilterTron humbuckers, gold-plated hardware, Space Control bridge, and a Bigsby B6-C.

Here is the link to the article: John Lennon’s ‘Paperback Writer’ Gretsch Could Fetch $1M.

According to the Gretsch Guitar Database maintained at The Gretsch Pages, it is a 1963 Chet Adkins 6120, serial number 53940. Link to database here: 1963 Gretsch 6120: 53940.

The Guitars – Chapter 7 (Part Two of Two)


The Guitars – Chapter 7. The Guitars is a 15-part series of videos featuring the fantastic guitar collection of Mike Campbell, lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Here is the continuing story of Mike’s many Rickenbacker guitars, and one very special model built in 1967.

Keywords: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, TPATH, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, The Beatles, Rickenbacker, Guitars.
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The Guitars – Chapter 6 (Part One of Two)

The Guitars – Chapter 6

The Guitars, is a 15-part series of videos found on Tom Petty’s website (www.tompetty.com) featuring Mike Campbell’s collection of guitars. Here is Chapter 6, the story of the Rickenbackers…

(Sorry for the advertising. It’s not me; it’s built into video)

The story continues. Click here for Chapter 7.

Keywords: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, TPATH, Mike Campbell, George Harrison, The Beatles, Rickenbacker, Guitars.
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Signed ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ Sells for $290,500.00

SOLD! This Beatles-signed ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album sold at auction today for $290,500.00. This copy of the 1967 ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ album, acclaimed by most as the greatest of all Beatles’ albums, was signed by all four Beatles.

Today’s final bid exceeded the original estimated value by more than $260,000. The auction was held in Dallas, Texas by Heritage Auctions.

Links:
Link to Heritage Auction Lot: Beatles-Signed ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ Mono UK Gatefold Cover (Parlophone PMC 7027, 1967)
All Music: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Wikipedia: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Artwork for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Oak Crest Talent Show 1961

We enjoy receiving blog comments and emails from readers who are as passionate about music and guitars as we are here at Tone Gems. Recently, Ray Clearwater – who incidentally publishes 25 Years of Sears Musical Instruments on CD – shared a old photograph of his 1961 Junior High talent show.

Clarence Clemens Passes at 69


Clarence Clemons, the great saxophone player synonymous with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band passed away today at age 69. He had suffered a massive stroke on June 12. He played with Springsteen and the band for 40 years, and was described by Springsteen as the soul of the band. He will be sorely missed.

Read more here in the The Rolling Stone.

Sgt. Pepper is 44 Years Old Today


The Beatles album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released on this day in 1967, forever changing rock and roll, and music as a whole. Tracks like A Little Help from My FriendsLucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Lovely RitaWhen I’m Sixty-Four, Good Morning Good Morning, A Day in the Life, and the album’s title song, are now timeless classics. Listening to the album’s Side Two is an experience within itself, that must be enjoyed from beginning to end without interruption. The songs on Side Two were carefully woven together so that the music flowed seamlessly, and almost endlessly.

Rock music had reached a pinnacle. Mick Jagger once said in a radio interview, that after hearing a early pre-release tape of Sgt. Pepper’s on cassette, “We’re done! No one is going to top that.”

So enjoy the day, and spin the vinyl if you have it. Because somewhere in the universe (pun intended), that magnificent final E chord is still fading…!