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    Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Don't know if you can pull this link up (below) but give it a try. It's off the Gibson site. It's an interview from Gordon Kenney (Nashville guitarist and song writer) who talks about his 1959 Les Paul. Pretty cool story he tells.


    http://www2.gibson.com/Lessons/Skill...ust+12%2C+2014

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Doeschler View Post
    Don't know if you can pull this link up (below) but give it a try. It's off the Gibson site. It's an interview from Gordon Kenney (Nashville guitarist and song writer) who talks about his 1959 Les Paul. Pretty cool story he tells.
    Thanks for posting this, Rick.

    Good stuff starts around 5 minute mark.

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    You're welcome Wino. I hadn't heard of Gordon Kennedy before. Apparently he's been around. Very nice Burst for sure.

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    "It's a Marshall bubby. It gets loud." Ace Frehley

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    That guitar is the first burst I was aware of seeing, in John Sebastian's apartment in the village in the summer of '66 (or was it '67? My memory's gettin' a little fuzzy for dates). Sebastian's cousin John Lewis was the harp player in the band I was the drummer for at the time, and we drove down from Montreal and auditioned at the Night Owl Cafe. John Lewis hooked up with Sebastian who was in town at the moment, and he met us at the Night Owl and we walked a few blocks to his apartment in the west village and hung out for a short time. Shortly after we arrived at his apartment Sebastian said excitedly that he wanted to show us the guitar he had recently scored, and pulled the brown case out and opened it. I didn't appreciate what I was looking at, but it was this guitar.

    A bit of trivia from the memory banks...

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    ^ cool story 58b !

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul



    I had the $$ at the time, and so wanted to buy this guitar. I keep the ad around to remind me!

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post


    I had the $$ at the time, and so wanted to buy this guitar. I keep the ad around to remind me!
    That ad is pretty freaky: Clapton says he bought Beano because of Freddie King. I'm going with Eric's version. Who's first meeting at a Lovin' Spoonful concert? Eric and Sebastian? Eric, George and Sebastian? Wierd. The pic on the right is backwards, as well.
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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Doeschler View Post
    You're welcome Wino. I hadn't heard of Gordon Kennedy before. Apparently he's been around. Very nice Burst for sure.

    There's a Gibson CC model of his 'Burst....check out some of his other guitars, Rick.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhC_BkfHLg0

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Thanks Wino.

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    Cool story! Cool Guitar! Great Artist!

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    But Eric does say that they nicked "Summer In the City" for "White Room," so he was an influence.

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Unless I'm mistaken, in the interview GK seems to indicate that he got the guitar from Garys in Ohio, yet there is a Gruhn ad listing it for sale...what am I missing?

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Blair View Post
    But Eric does say that they nicked "Summer In the City" for "White Room," so he was an influence.
    Never heard that. Learn something new every day.
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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    I think EC said "Tales Of Brave Ulyssees" was the song inspired by "Summer In The City". But it is the same chord pattern that Jack Bruce later used for White Room. Furthermore, Wiki says that the melody was taken from Judy Collins version of Leonard Cohens "Suzanne". I can hear it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyVavcfAzN8
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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    lpnv, you might be correct. They are essentially the same progression. I just know that "Summer in the City" was an influence on one of those. I'm not sure of the chronology.

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    Re: Gordon Kennedy's 1959 Les Paul

    Here's a wonderful interview with Gordon Kennedy from Truetone Lounge that just came out, featuring his burst, his fathers '61 335 and a few other great guitars. Highly recommended interview, brilliant stories in there!


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    Thanks for posting that interview. I could listen to Gordon tell stories all day long.

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