BILL and SUE-ON HILLMAN: A 50-YEAR MUSICAL ODYSSEY
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The Hillman Rock Legends Series:
The Guess Who Connection

RANDY BACHMAN II
Randy's Guitars
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From a home-made "Flying V" made from his bedroom door to. . .
 . . . the largest Gretsch collection in the world.
A historical collection of vintage, rare, and one-of-a-kind Gretsch guitars is on display at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. The new exhibit, American Sound and Beauty: Guitars from the Bachman-Gretsch Collection, features 75 of the more than 300 Gretsch guitars amassed by Canadian musician Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive fame. 

It is the largest collection of guitars ever displayed at the museum and marks the first time the public has seen a part of Bachman’s extensive Gretsch collection, considered the largest in the world. The Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch family, purchased the collection in 2008.

Fred Gretsch, fourth generation Gretsch Company president,  thinks “American Sound and Beauty” is an appropriate name for the exhibit. “The guitars on display are as American as it gets,” said Gretsch. “Most were built in Brooklyn, New York at The Gretsch Building, a building my grandfather Fred Gretsch Sr. constructed and opened 100 years ago in 1916.”

“These guitars also contributed their unique sound to the evolution of popular American music, including jazz, country, and of course, rock ‘n’ roll,” continued Gretsch, “Plus, Gretsch ushered in a new era of colorful and sparkly guitar finishes in the 1950s. The guitars on display are just beautiful and look like true works of art in the Museum.”

Gretsch honours Chet Atkins, the most important endorser of Gretsch electric guitars, and the musician that influenced a long list of artists including Duane Eddy, Paul Yandell, George Harrison, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Brian Setzer, Steve Wariner, Joe Robinson, Tommy Emmanuel, and Randy Bachman.

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INTRO AND CONTENTS
CHAD ALLAN: 1. Anecdotes 2. Interview 3. Discography 4. Reflections 5. Clipping
6. Photos I 7. Photos II 8. Photos III 9. GW Bios Clips 10. GW Degrees 11. Jim Kale
12. Kale/Peterson 13 Mosaics/Discs 14. Press 1 15. Photos IV 16. Randy Bachman 17. Randy's Guitars
18. Randy's Rewards Chad: Order of Manitoba

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