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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, January 30, 2013

The Many-Splendored Guitars of Buddy Merrill

The general public became acquainted with the high-speed multitracked guitar playing of Buddy Merrill through his long tenure on the Lawrence Welk TV show (1959-1976) and through the dozens of LPs released on the Accent label, mainly in the 1960s and '70s. A few of those albums have appeared on CD.

You can read more about Merrill on his website, which has some great photos, or at the Space Age Pop Music page. Unfortunately neither site has been updated in years, but most of the information is still valid. What is certain is that Merrill hasn't been active in music for a long time.

The Many-Splendored Guitars of Buddy Merrill was released on Accent in 1967 (Billboard listed it among new releases in June). Below you can grab a sample track from this album.

Ask the Wind

Some of Buddy Merrill's CDs are available from Global Recording Artists at a reasonable $9.99. The albums can also be bought as downloads. The site also has a few new copies of his vinyl albums for sale. You'd have to be a real fan, though. They're $25 apiece.

A further selection of Merrill's albums can be had as CDs or downloads from Amazon and other online sites.

Many of the selections on The Many-Splendored Guitars, including Ask the Wind, aren't available in a digital format.

Merrill was also an accomplished steel guitarist, as you can see from this YouTube clip from the Welk show.

For an excellent 2011 interview with Merrill, visit the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) site. The video is part of NAMM's oral history project.

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