Tag Archive: music

Aug 15

iPods of 1913 – Edison Disc and Columbia ads

The perfect present, Edison phonograph ads from December 8, 1913.

Music is something people have wanted to have around since the earliest times. This store could set you up with phonographs that played discs or cylinders. And if you got tired of the aerobic exercise turning the crank on the music box they sold violins, guitars, accordions and mandolins. My kind of store. Guitars started …

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Feb 08

You can call me Al, Weird Al

Weird Al Yankovic twirls dials at KCPR where he was a student deejay. ©Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune 4-5-1980

Find the path to international recording fame using this one weird trick. Record in the bathroom. Among the porcelain urinals and sinks, across the hall from radio station, KCPR is the sound environment that launched a recording star. Alfred M. Yankovic is arguably the second most famous Cal Poly graduate after John Madden. If you …

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Feb 03

Count Basie, jazz statesman

Count Basie, legendary band leader and composer makes a tour stop at Cal Poly. He was 77 years old at this time and health issues had him riding a motorized scooter but he took time to sign autographs and play two shows at Chumash Auditorium. © Tony Hertz/Telegram-Tribune 1-28-1982

William Basie did not have an easy path to success. His mother and father saved pennies to pay for music lessons. He began as a drummer in the school band and switched to piano in his teens. A good choice. His professional career began before he was 20 as a $3 a night piano player …

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Nov 01

Pacific Stereo, words of advice before you buy any stereo

Pacific Stereo ad from the then Telegram-Tribune February 3, 1977.

Any worthwhile college town in the 1970s had more than one stereo store. A listening room with lights set low so the components could glow on the shelves. Bring in your favorite virgin vinyl albums to play on the turntable. One of the happiest places on earth. To be honest I never was one of …

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Jul 20

From Buck to Brittany – headliners at the Mid-State Fair

Britney Spears performs at the Mid-State Fair in 1999. ©David Middlecamp/The Tribune I always thought the cartoon mule featured on the television show "Hee Haw" was a contrivance to connect to a rural audience. Guess I was wrong. According to Buck Owen's official website his connection he grew up on a farm outside Sherman, Texas. …

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Jul 02

Ignace Jan Paderwski dies, World War II week by week

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE PASO ROBLES COLLECTION, POLISH MUSIC CENTER, USC; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, USED BY PERMISSION – Above, Ignace Jan Paderewski sits at a piano in a signed photo from the early 1900s. Pneumonia was the official cause of death but it was more likely a broken heart. Ignace Jan Paderwski, musical genius, patriot …

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Oct 21

Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli, Morro Bay’s sculptor, musician

Youth symphony director Wachtang Korishelli waits for attention before giving the beat. ©Wayne Nicholls/The Tribune Published 1-13-1975

Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli has been an artist regularly featured on the pages of the Tribune. Sculptor, musician, teacher the clippings in our file range from the 1960s to the present. His rock sculpture graces the entry to the city of Morro Bay.  Korisheli is the featured guest and speaker at the quarterly meeting of the …

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Aug 02

What do you want from life? The Tubes visit Cal Poly

The Tubes lead singer Fee Waybill sings at Cal Poly in a 1978 concert. ©2010 The Tribune/Thom Halls

Over a quarter century before Lady Gaga, the Tubes brought spectacle on a grand scale to the rock and roll stage. In 1975 the band released a self-titled debut album including the hit single White Punks on Dope. They won’t be appearing in a DARE commercial any time soon. At their peak the band had …

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Jul 22

1966 San Luis Obispo County Fair ad

August 18, 1966 Telegram-Tribune

In 1966 the Mid-State Fair was still called the San Luis Obispo County Fair and the entertainment was, well, not very entertaining. The event lasted 5 days, admission was cheap, and you got what you paid for. Admission to the fair was $1, according to the US Inflation Calculator $6.73 in 2010 dollars. I’m sure …

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Jul 07

Memories of Bob Hope

Bob Hope at the Mid-State Fair Aug. 15, 1989. ©2010 The Tribune/Jeff May

Born Leslie Towns Hope in Eltham, England May 29, 1903, his stonemason father moved the family to Cleveland, Ohio when the boy was four. When he became a naturalized citizen of the United States he became known as Bob. Perhaps his mother, an aspiring concert singer, was an inspiration. Perhaps a child had to perform …

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