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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Buckaroos - The Buck Owens' Buckaroos Strike Again

The Buckaroos, led by guitarist Don Rich, served as Buck Owens's band during the country star's hit-making days in the 1960s and '70s. Owens and the Buckaroos helped develop country music's Bakersfield Sound, which spread from the taverns and honky-tonks in the Bakersfield, Calif., area.

The Buckaroos also had a parallel recording career on their own, releasing a dozen albums and a number of singles on Capitol. Buckaroo, the band's theme song, made No. 1 on the country singles chart in 1965.

The LP Buck Owens' Buckaroos Strike Again came out two years later and made No. 11 on the U.S. country chart. From it comes Apple Jack, which was also released as a single. The MP3 is taken from the 45.

Apple Jack

As you can hear, Don Rich was the star of the band with his bright, propulsive sound on the Telecaster. When he died in a motorcycle accident in 1974, the band's hit-making days were essentially over.

Apple Jack is widely available as part of The Best of the Buckaroos compilation released by Sundazed in 2007. It can be had via both CD and download. The album contains a number of vocals.

For a wider selection of the band's instrumental offerings, check out The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, also from Sundazed. A used copy will cost you less than $10.

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