Lets start a Band!


Gibson SG Guitar

Back in 1964 my friend and I were hanging out and he played a Guitar like the one above, and I loved guitars and loved to sing even as a kid and it was Elvis that got me going in the 1950’s! there were great groups in the early 1950’s that were playing on the radio like, The four Seasons and the Beach Boys, but then in 1964 came the Beatles and that’s when I got the bug to learn more so one day my friend and I got together and he showed me a few chords and had a great time singing at his house but being left handed was a problem for me so I brought a right handed guitar soon in a hock stop for $35.00 in the town I lived but I tried hard to learn playing a right handed guitar learning with the guitar upside down playing the chords the opposite!

Yeah I know to a right handed person it seems weird but it’s true. Anyway one day we were hanging out and I said hey do you want to start a band? he says yeah I’ll teach you some chords and we’ll practice a few songs, we only knew a few and the Beatles were just out and wew played by ear and he knew instrumental songs and we did them and a couple of Beatle songs and one day he comes over my house and says,

I found us a drummer so we went to his house and we used to always practice in the basement back then and I met the Drummer we played through a few songs we knew he was a good drummer and decided to join us and after soon So we packing up everything in my 1951 Chevy 2 door and it was filled to the limit! we were playing at the Church hall where the high school kids would come pay $2.00 to get in and we were payed $5.00 each! But you know we would haved played for nothing because we loved playing music!

And we played there a number of times there and on the stage we had a mic each one on the left and one on the right and the drummer in the middle behind us it was a great time and we played a few back yard partys also yeah great memories we made back then, it lasted a few years and we kind of disbanded but I still got together with my Friend over the years just to play some music what a time to be in a band!

5 thoughts on “Lets start a Band!

  1. I’m a lefty too! I play “air guitar” backwards to most people, lol. Pretty much all guitarists are/were right-handed, since we leftys are only 1 in 10… (Kurt Cobain played lefty but he came WAY later) Many of the 50’s early rock stars had Gibsons (Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry etc.. etc..) Buddy Holly had a Fender so I’m partial to Fenders, but Gibsons produced some great music too. Thanks for sharing your band story!

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