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Gretsch on ’60s U.S. Series TV

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Gretsch guitars were all over the tube in the 1960s. Big hollow-body guitars remained in widespread use in rock and pop throughout the entire decade, and it seemed at times as though you couldn’t throw a rock without hitting a TV set that was showing some variety or music show featuring some band that had at least one Gretsch instrument in the lineup. Pretty cool.

From the Beatles and the Stones and the Animals on The Ed Sullivan Show to the Kinks on Shivaree to the Zombies on Shindig! and more, Gretsch guitars were a staple on U.S. programming. Even across the pond, the Who’s John Entwistle wielded a Gretsch 6070 bass on Ready Steady Go! in 1965.

And yet there was a whole other category of U.S. television programming in the ’60s that also showed Gretsch instruments: prime-time series television on the three major networks at the time—ABC, CBS and NBC. Not only did you see and hear Gretsch guitars on variety shows and music shows; you also saw them on top-rated sitcoms, action-packed cop shows, cool spy shows and more.

Here are five notable examples of That Great Gretsch Sound on U.S. network series television in the 1960s. Some of these shows and the musical acts on them are well known and some are pretty obscure, but there’s simply no mistaking a Gretsch when you see one.

The Monkees

Gretsch instruments appeared in nearly every Monkees episode from first (Sept. 12, 1966) to last (March 25, 1968). In this clip, from fall 1965 pilot episode “Here Come the Monkees” (which, oddly, aired Nov. 14, 1966, as episode ten), NBC’s simian heroes swing their way through “Let’s Dance On.” Sort of.

And that’s three Gretsch guitars out front, wielded not only by Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork, as usual, but here even by Davy Jones. Nesmith’s guitar undergoes an interesting change toward the end, but it’s nothing compared to the utterly magical transformation of Tork’s bass. And pay close attention to the logo on that kick drum head, by the way …

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Stephen Stills Talks Woodstock in Latest Gretsch Interview

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The legendary Stephen Stills has had a blockbuster career, earning two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

And through much of his career, Stills could be seen with a trusty Gretsch White Falcon, a guitar he was first introduced to by Neil Young.

Stills was kind enough to talk about his relationship with Gretsch in a recent interview, which includes the amazing story of how Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young nearly missed their chance to play at the original Woodstock.

Watch the interview below and visit Crosby, Stills and Nash’s official website for current tour dates.

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Watch Video of Buffalo Springfield at Oakland’s Fox Theater

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On June 1, Buffalo Springfield launched their first tour since splitting up in 1968 with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Cali. Here’s fan footage of the reunited group performing “I Am a Child.”

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Buffalo Springfield Announce California Tour

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Buffalo Springfield have announced dates for a six-date California tour in early June, their first tour since splitting up in 1968. The group features original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, with Young’s longtime bassist Rick Rosas taking the place of the late Bruce Palmer and Crosby, Stills and Nash drummer Joe Vitale filling in for the late Dewey Martin.

“It’s hard to believe 42 years have passed since we played together as the Buffalo Springfield,” Richie Furay said in a statement. “Over the years, music never stopped flowing from each of us, and it’s come ‘full circle,’ if you will.  And now, we get to share our hearts with you again — yes, Buffalo Springfield again!”

The band reunited last October to perform two nights at Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit, and been previously announced to play Bonnaroo on June 11.

Gillian Welch will be the opening act for the newly announced dates.

June 1, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 2, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA
June 4, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
June 5, Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
June 7, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
June 8, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
June 11, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN

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Buffalo Springfield to Headline 2011 Bonnaroo

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Buffalo Springfield – featuring original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay — will headline the 2011 Bonnaroo Festival taking place June 9-12 in Manchester, Tenn. This marks the only festival appearance scheduled for the 1960s San Francisco band, who played their first concert in 42 years last October at the Bridge School Benefit.

Other headliners include Eminem, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Widespread Panic and the Black Keys.

View the entire lineup here.

Tickets for the event go on-sale Feb. 15 at noon ET.

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