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FIRST ELECTRIC GUITAR AWARDED PATENT

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Versatile, inexpensive and relatively easy to play, the acoustic
guitar was a staple of American rural music in the early 20th
century, particularly black rural music such as the blues. But
a significant physical limitation made it a poor fit in ensembles
made up of brass, woodwind and orchestral string instruments:
The acoustic guitar was simply too quiet.

What transformed the guitar and its place in popular music, and eventually transformed  popular music itself, was the development
of a method for transforming the sound of a vibrating guitar string
into an electrical signal that could be amplified and re-converted
into audible sound at a much greater volume.

The electric guitar—the instrument that revolutionized jazz, blues
and country music and made the later rise of rock and roll possible,
was recognized by the United States Patent Office on August 10,
1937 with the award of Patent #2,089.171 to G.D. Beauchamp for an instrument known as the Rickenbacker Frying Pan.

Inventor G.D. Beauchamp, partner with Adolph Rickenbacher in the Electro String Instrument Corporation of Los Angeles, California,
spent more than five years pursuing his patent on the Frying Pan.


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“GODFATHER OF THE RECORDING STUDIO“

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Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss)
(June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)

Paul is credited with many recording innovations. His early
experiments with
overdubbing
(also known as sound on
sound
 delay) effects such as tape delay, phasing, and
multitrack recording were among the first to attract
widespread attention.

His licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques,
and timing set him apart from his contemporaries and
inspired many guitarists of the present day. Paul is the
only inductee in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.   
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) 

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Mary Ford and Les in their home recording studio.

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‘’THE MASTER OF LOUD’’ BORN ON THIS DAY

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Dick Dale (Richard Anthony Monsour)
(May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019)      
       
        
        
Dick Dale was the pioneer of
surf music, drawing on
Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with
high volume
reverb. Dale was known as "The King of
the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of
his second
studio album
.

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Dick Dale’s guitar…”The Beast”.

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ROCK GUITARIST ERIC CLAPTON IS 77 TODAY

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English rock/blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Eric Patrick
Clapton is widely regarded as one of the most important and
influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling
Stone
‘s list of the "
100 Greatest Guitarists of All Tim”" and fourth
in
Gibson‘s "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named
number five in Time magazine’s list of "The 10 Best Electric
Guitar Players" in 2009.

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A MUSIC MEMORIE FROM THE RETRO BLOG

The Ventures - Walk, Don't Run Vol. 2 - CD

The Ventures first wide-release single, "Walk, Don’t Run"
(1960),
brought international fame to the group, and is
often cited as one of the top songs ever recorded for guitar.

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