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Tag: Hank Marvin

"Now We're Thru'"
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The Poets: Not Actual 12-Strings

The ringing, echo-drenched electric 12-string guitars on the debut single by Scottish rockers, The Poets, are such a striking sound for 1964 and yet a strangely familiar one:  might it be possible that the band later reincarnated as Brian Jonestown Massacre? “Now We’re Thru’” by The Poets (1964) play at

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"Shooting Star"
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The Shadows: World’s Tiniest Rockers

Vintage Guitar‘s well-researched history of the Vox musical equipment company contains a particularly delightful side story about “wee” instruments that were designed and manufactured strictly for marionettes!  Peter Stuart Kohman has the scoop: One of the most oddball Vox orders was for a set of miniature equipment for singing puppets, specifically,

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"Zambesi"
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“Zambesi”: Hooray for Hank Marvin!

What a revelation it must have been in the early 1960s when folks first encountered the clear, ringing tone of Hank Marvin‘s Stratocaster on such soaring guitar instrumentals as “Mustang,” “Kon Tiki,” “Spring Is Nearly Here,” and “Wonderful Land.” Question = Who else was getting that kind of sound out

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