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Quotations Marked 8

I established this blog’s motto on April 28, 2010 in my very first posting. “Good music doesn’t get old.” That quote comes from the American Jazz musician Mr. Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe (1890-1941). I found it at the … Continue reading

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“November 7”

Here’s one for my son and all of the fingerstyle-acoustic-guitar-loving, guitar-picking, tablature-reading viewers/readers/followers of this blog out there. November 7 is my son’s birthday. In 2010, I celebrated his birthday here on sixstr stories with a “This Historic Day…” post. … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Guitar Blues”/”Guitar Rag” – Take 2

On November 2, 1923, Blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver sat in front of the large horn/”microphone” of the acoustic recording machine in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. He played and recorded two original instrumental guitar pieces that day: “Guitar Blues” and “Guitar Rag.” The resulting … Continue reading

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This Championship Season

From the front of my refrigerator. Red squares were home games; white squares were away games. O = a win; X = a loss.

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The Ballad of “Eight Days A Week”

(Ballad: “A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas, or verses.”) Verse 1 Most likely it was in late September or on a day in very early October, 1964. Paul McCartney excitedly arrived at John Lennon’s house with … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Deep Minor Rhythm Stomp,” “Midnight Call Blues,” “Hot Fingers” & “Blue Room Blues”

On October 9, 1929, Blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson… …and Jazz guitarist Eddie Lang… …got together again in the New York City recording studios of OKeh Records to record what would prove to be the final four of their groundbreaking and … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Bruce Springsteen

Today is Bruce Springsteen’s 69th birthday. He was born on September 23, 1949, in Freehold, New Jersey; the first child and only son of Douglas and Adele (Zirilli) Springsteen. In commemorating this day, I extend to Bruce my best wishes … Continue reading

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Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar Again

One sentence. “On September 23-25, 1935, Leon McAuliffe, a brilliant player from Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose phrasing could have well influenced Charlie Christian, featured both electric steel and electrically amplified Spanish guitar on the first recordings of Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys.” … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Autumn Leaves” by Kenny Burrell

This is a new category here at sixstr stories. It will feature recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances –  for your listening pleasure. It was inspired by whatever god oversees the shuffle … Continue reading

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Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar

The book was called: Discography Of Western Swing And Hot String Bands, 1928-1942 by Cary Ginell and Kevin Coffey. It had been published in 2001. I found it one afternoon a few months ago in the Performing Arts Reading Room, … Continue reading

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