60th Guitar Birthday

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60th Guitar Birthday

Postby John Knowles » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:17 pm

I was born on the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Sixty years ago today, I took my birthday money and bought myself a plastic ukulele at Dugan's Drugstore in Houston, Texas. I can still feel myself standing there… deciding not to spend the extra dollar on the one with the automatic, chord buttons. It felt like a good decision. I had no idea…

John
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby LarryD » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:47 pm

Happy Birthday John, from a longtime fan. Many more !!!
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby pattie surman » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:05 pm

Happy Birthday John.....Now that you have retired from Fingerstyle Quarterly, have you considered a new career in Ukulele Quarterly? If so, sign me up. Stan and Pattie.
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby DWolfram » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:36 pm

Happy Birthday John,

Thank you so much for sharing your time with Chet and providing so much insight about his music.
"It was always about the song and always about the sound."

David
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby BillB » Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:08 pm

Happy Birthday, John!!! And thanks for sharing your story as well as your musical knowledge.

Bill B.
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby Kent Hillman » Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:20 pm

It's not surprising you were wisely questioning the value of store-bought harmony at a young age. On behalf of all of us beneficiaries of your curiousity, creativity and hard work, happy birthday!
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby rhudson » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:09 pm

John, you are a treasure chest of guitar brilliance. How nice of you to share it with us. Happy Birthday.
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby bill park » Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:26 pm

Happy Birthday, John. I'm going to play the "Chihuahua Waltz" in your honor (WITH the business card trick...I'll never forget you showing us that at the first convention...!) Bill
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby keener » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:02 pm

Happy Birthday John!
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Re: 60th Guitar Birthday

Postby rhirvine » Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:30 pm

Happy birthday John. My first stringed instrument was a small Silvertone uke. I still have it and play it from time to time.

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