Maestro Fuzz-Tone Demonstration Record (1962)

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Gibson introduced the first ever Fuzz-Tone pedal under their Maestro brand in 1962. The initial retail price was $40. They were optimistic about the prospects of selling a lot of Fuzz-Tone effects and produced over 5000 that first year. The original hope for the Fuzz-Tone was less about distortion and overdrive and more about emulating string and … Continue reading

The Cousins – Dang, Dang (Hard to Find 45’s)

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And now for a brand new addition to E. Hehr1955’s Hard to Find 45’s. The Cousins we’re a Belgian based band who specialized in writing teenage party anthems with an Americana surf-rock twist. In Belgium, their style of music was known as rock ‘n twist. Outside of Belgium, not too many people knew what rock … Continue reading

The Honeycombs – Have I The Right (1965)

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“Conspicuous in “Have I the Right?” is the prominent part of the drums that carry the song. Their effect was enhanced by making the members of the group stamp their feet on the wooden stairs to the studio. Meek recorded the sound with five microphones he had fixed to the banisters with bicycle clips. For the … Continue reading

Johnny Cash (Through the lens of Leigh Wiener)

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    Photography by Leigh Wiener

Tarantula Ghoul – Graveyard Rock/King Kong (Hard to Find 45’s)

One of the most enigmatic horror hosts from the Golden Age of TV is Tarantula Ghoul,the vampy monster of ceremonies played by Suzanne Waldron for KPTV’s House of Horror from 1957 to 1959. No footage from her show is known to survive.  All that is left are some articles, a few photos, ads for her … Continue reading

The Rolling Stones Visit The Playboy Club

Elvis Presley – My Happiness (1953)

Elvis Presley with his cousin, Gene (1953) “My Happiness” is the first song Elvis ever recorded. It was tracked in the summer of 1953 at Sun Studios in Memphis. Elvis didn’t plan on doing anything with the recording. He just wanted to hear how his voice sounded. The rest is history. Listen to it HERE: … Continue reading

Jack Kittel – Psycho (Hard to Find 45’s)

So it’s been awhile since my last “Hard to Find 45” post, and I know that you’re all DYING to hear a new, obscure tune. The following song is probably the eeriest “Hard to Find 45” post yet. “Psycho” was originally written in 1966 by blind songwriter Leon Payne (who wrote songs for Hank Williams, … Continue reading

Teenage Tragedy (The Lost Ballads)

“What was it you were looking for that took your life that night They said they found my high school ring clutched in your fingers tight Teen angel, can you hear me Teen angel, can you see me Are you somewhere up above And I am still your own true love Just sweet sixteen, and … Continue reading

Jan Davis – Boss Machine

Listen to it HERE: Jan Davis – Boss Machine (MP3)