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20 Legendary Rockers That Changed Music With A Fender Guitar In Their Hands

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This past Sunday was the birthday of one of the legends of the electric guitar, though it wasn’t as a player that he made his fame. Born on August 10th in 1909, Leo Fender however did irrevocably change not just guitar playing but music itself with his introduction of the first mass-produced solid body electric guitars (the Telecaster), the electric bass (the Precision or “P-Bass”) and his myriad amplifier innovations. He also invented perhaps the coolest looking electric guitar ever, the Stratocaster, whose sleek look and bold curves is an almost visual representation of rock n’ roll. Starting with musicians like Buddy Holly and Dick Dale, rockers took to Fender guitars, basses and amps early and are a major reason much of rock sounds the way it does. Read more…

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The Day The Music Died: 15 Music Legends Who Died In Plane Crashes

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55 years ago today, the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll sound lost three crucial pioneers. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed when their rented┬ásingle-engined Beechcraft plunged into a corn-field near Clear Lake, Iowa.┬áThe event became known as “The Day The Music Died” after being immortalized in Don McLean’s song “American Pie,” and we still mourn the loss of these musical icons today. Who knows how music history would be changed had these men lived to progress and grow as artists? It’s a tantalizing thought, indeed…

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