Archive for the ‘Memorabilia’ Category

Amplified Blasts From the Past

November 21, 2012

Those of us who know Mr. Sam Towers will know him to be an outstanding musician on both guitar and bass. What I didn’t know until recently is that he is also either: a.) an archivist, or b.) a pack rat. Recently, Sam had the need to dig into some old files and boxes he hadn’t touched in almost 40 years. In the process he uncovered a trove of Baltimore musician history that just has to be shared, so we’re going to share it here.

This first installment starts with a receipt for an amplifier. Not just any amp, but a classic favorite for guitar since it’s release in 1952, two years before Fender began selling Stratocasters. The Fender Twin Reverb.

For perspective I looked up a vintage original 1967 Twin. This one was listed as “near mint” condition and was selling for $2,500.00.

1967 vintage Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp

If you’re willing to sacrifice authenticity and go for re-issue, you can get this 1965 vintage re-issue for $1,350 at Guitar Center.

1965 vintage re-issue Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp

Sam has an incredible stack of receipts from Fred Walker’s … most written in Mr. Walker’s own hand … but this is the only one from Jimmy’s Music Shop, 127 West 48th Street, New York, NY. Musical instruments of all types were always known to be about 1/2 price in New York, even compared to someplace close by like Baltimore. I drove to NY to buy a trombone in 1972 for that same reason.

Here’s Sam’s 1967 receipt for a Fender Twin Reverb. It must have looked a lot like the vintage original Twin above (but probably without wheels) … maybe Sam can tell us if his amp was black face or silver face.

receipt for a 1967 Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp from Jimmy's Music Shop on 48th St. in New York

Memorabilia ?

June 23, 2010

We received an email recently from, Scott.H, a member of our email list who is a resident of Rockaway Beach. He was asking if we knew who had this poster for a shore party featuring Tommy Vann & the Echoes and Frank & the Fugitives, pictured at Scott is interested in either purchasing the poster, or getting a high resolution scan of it that he can print as a 5 x 7 photograph.

Rockaway Beach Poster

This image we have is too small and low res for reproduction. We received it a long time ago and I have no idea who sent it. If it’s you, or you know who has it, please let me know or post a comment here. If you’re interested in working with Steve to make a high res image available I can hook you up.

While talking with Steve we also noted that there doesn’t seem to be a photo anywhere of the exterior of Hollywood Park. I know I have personally spent a fair amount of google-time looking for one. This is unfortunate. I have unapologetically (and affectionately) referred to HP as a “dump.” A photo of the outside would either bear this out or prove me wrong. In my memory the building is actually leaning, but I don’t think it really did. If you have a photo of the outside of Hollywood Park, or know someone who does, please let me know. I’d also like to see a news clip or any other info on its demolition. This is a bit of Baltimore musical history that calls out for illumination.


The Bandstand at Hollywood Park, circa 1964