Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970

Fender: The Golden Age 1950-1970


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In the first 20 years or so that Fender electric guitars were available, they helped revolutionize the sound of popular music. This unusual, imaginative compilation illustrates just how it did so through a couple of dozen or so well-chosen examples of how Fenders made their imprint on rock, blues, country, and soul music. The Fender's identification with certain guitarists made it predictable that there would be selections by, for example, surf legend Dick Dale ("Miserlou") and Eric Clapton (heard here on the Yardbirds' "I Ain't Got You"). But the remarkably eclectic song selection also features classics by Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), Dale Hawkins ("Susie-Q"), Booker T. & the MG's ("Green Onions"), the Ventures ("Walk, Don't Run") the Beach Boys ("Fun, Fun, Fun"), and all the way into the late '60s with the Velvet Underground's "Beginning to See the Light" and Donovan's "Barabajagal (Love Is Hot") -- two artists of the kind not usually featured on Ace anthologies. There are also songs that aren't such big hits but are worth hearing, like Otis Rush's "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)," the Shadows' "Wonderful Land" (a number one U.K. hit in 1962 unknown in the U.S.), and Jack Nitzsche's "The Lonely Surfer." The sound of the Fender bass isn't neglected either, with Jet Harris' "Besame Mucho" acting as a showcase for the instrument, although the onetime Shadow's 1962 version won't be familiar to many Americans. Amply illustrated liner notes fill in the background on how Leo Fender developed his guitars and how they were used. There are even a few brief Fender radio ads by country stars Hank Snow, Faron Young, Barbara Mandrell, and Jan Howard. But whether or not you're a guitar player or Fender follower, it's a good compilation of guitar-grounded music by any standard, though one obvious guitar hero (Jimi Hendrix) is not represented due to licensing hurdles.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667047029
catalogNumber: 6704702
Rank: 50519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buck Owens   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Dick Dale   Guitar
Buddy Holly   Guitar
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Brian Wilson   Bass
Ronnie Wood   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Nokie Edwards   Bass
Jet Harris   Bass,6-string bass
Hank Marvin   Guitar
Carl Wilson   Guitar
Jimmy Bryant   Guitar
Don Wilson   Guitar
Bob Bogle   Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Bobby Fuller   Guitar
Randy Fuller   Bass
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Ike Turner   Guitar
Jardine   Guitar
Sterling Morrison   12-string Guitar
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   6-string bass
Herb Remington   Steel Guitar
Don Rich   Guitar
Otis Rush   Guitar
Lewis Steinberg   Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Jack Ely   Guitar
Doyle Holly   Bass
Bob Nordby   Fender Jazz Bass
Mike Mitchell   Guitar
Nick O'Malley   Guitar
Rick Rillera   Bass

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Dick Dale   Arranger
Buddy Holly   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Richard Berry   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Dale Hawkins   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Johnny Smith   Composer
Paul Kelly   Cover Photo
Calvin Carter   Composer
Ernest J. Ford   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
B.B. King   Composer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Jerry Lordan   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Bob Morris   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Herb Remington   Composer
Otis Rush   Composer
Lewis Steinberg   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Curtis Ousley   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Eleanor Broadwater   Composer
Melvin Jackson   Composer
Martin Kelly   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Martin Cooper   Composer
Terry Foster   Memorabilia
Tony Bacon   Liner Notes

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