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PORTLAND, OREGON – October 22, 1957

Buddy Holly and The Crickets arrived in Portland, Oregon to appear live on High Time, a local TV teen dance show, and performed that night at the Paramount Theater along with an all-star cast as part of the Biggest Show of Stars ’57, which included Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lyman, The Drifters.

Read more about that day the Biggest Show of Stars ’57 arrived in Portland in this blog post from Oregon Live (The Oregonian): The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly played Portland in 1957 (or did he?).


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Mike Campbell's 12-string Rickenbacker Guitar

The best $150 Mike Campbell ever spent!

Mike Campbell talks about the solid-bodied Rickenbacker 12-string he found shopping through the old “Recycler” advertising newspaper, driving to Anaheim, and later discovering it was built on the assembly line with George Harrison’s guitar in the 1960’s.

Click the link to watch the video.

YouTube Link: Mike Campbell Tells About His Rickenbacker 12-string

Classic Album: Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Hashtags: #mikecampbell #tompetty #heartbreakers #tpath #rickenbacker #12string #georgeharrison


Visionary Heart by Dion

by alex on June 28, 2016

in Artists, History, Video

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‘Visionary Heart’ a song from the album ‘New York is My Home’ was written for Buddy Holly by his friend Dion.


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How The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ paved the way for ‘Revolver’

Colin Fleming writes in Rolling Stone Australia how The Beatles’ ‘Paperback Writer’ was a game changer and paved the way for the ‘Revolver’ album.

Read about it here.


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Thou Shalt Not Steal by Kitty Wells

About the Song, Kitty Wells and song writer Don Everly

(Notes by eBay record seller “quentrol”)
Born Ellen Muriel Deason on Aug. 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee. Died of a stroke on July 16, 2012, age 92. Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. Married Johnny Wright on Sept. 30, 1937. Mother of Bobby Wright and Ruby Wright. Member of Louisiana Hayride from 1948-1951. Known as “The Queen of Country Music”. Charted 81 songs between 1952-1979.

Entered Billboard’s Top 40 Country charts many times with singles such as It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels (1952), Paying For That Back Street Affair (1953), Thou Shalt Not Steal (1954), One By One (1954), Makin’ Believe (1955), Heartbreak U.S.A. (1961), among many others.

Kitty Wells was the first recording artist ever to record a Don Everly penned song (Everly Brothers) when in 1954 she released Though Shalt Not Steal written by Don Everly when he was just 17 years old and three years before the Everly Brothers first big single Bye Bye Love was released in 1957.

kitty-wells-thou-shalt-not-steal-45-record-don-everlySide One: Thou Shalt Not Steal

This was Kitty Wells eighth Billboard Hot Country Single entry of 81 entries. This historical recording was also Don Everly’s first ever composition to enter Billboard’s charts.

Historical first recording ever of a Don Everly penned composition is a mid-tempo country ballad with fiddle, light bass, steel guitar and Kitty Wells’amazing vibrato voice, nice steel guitar solo and depth of lyrics way beyond that normally expected of a 17 year old country lad such as Don Everly

Side Two: I Hope My Divorce Is Never Granted

Mid-tempo country weeper with Kitty Wells amazing vibrato voice with excellent musical accompaniment especially the steel guitar player and a spoken-word bridge from Kitty Wells.

Label: Decca 9-29313

Pressed in: Canada

Canadian 1954 first pressing with black label, silver print and lines on both sides of the Decca name.

Subsequent pressings would have black label and silver print with lines and a star under the Decca name.

Year released: 1954

Billboard Top Country Single number: 14

Billboard debut: Dec. 4, 1954



1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Bass Guitar by TEISCO (NB-4)

March 27, 2016

Share This:COOL! Check out this a very cool, very red, 1965 Silvertone bass with a hard case up for auction on eBay. Appears to be in pretty good condition. 1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Teisco NB-4 Electric Bass Guitar, Rare Red! DISCLAIMER: Bid at your own risk. We just like pointing out the cool guitars we find along […]

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More Vintage Music Man Amp Photos

February 6, 2016

Thanks to Tone Gems reader, Eddie from Toronto, we have new photos to share. These are photos of one of the two (2!) vintage Music Man 110 RD Fifty amps that Eddie owns. When I have a chance, these will be added to the Tone Gems page I’m working one that is dedicated to the vintage MM 110.

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