Milestones of Vintage and Modern Tones

The significant events, recordings, live performances, musical compositions, technical discoveries and inventions that shaped the modern tones of of rock and roll.

The Day Buddy Holly, Crickets Played Portland

October 22, 2016

Share This: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 […]

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Mike Campbell’s 12-string Rickenbacker

July 2, 2016

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.

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Visionary Heart by Dion

June 28, 2016

Share This:‘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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‘Paperback Writer’ Paved the Way

June 21, 2016

Share This: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 (1954)

May 7, 2016

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.

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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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Buddy Holly – The Last Show

February 2, 2016

February 2, 1959
The Winter Dance Party Arrives in Clear Lake, Iowa

Scan of Original Winter Dance Party Poster Surf Ballroom

On this frozen night in 1959 the Winter Dance Party, featuring headliners Buddy Holly and the Crickets, arrived at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The show also included Frankie Sardo, Dion and the Belmonts, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and new teen sensation Ritchie Valens.

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