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Chapter 10.8 – Ernest Kaai (1881-1962)

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Along with Mekia (Major) Kealakai and Joseph Kekuku, Ernest Kaai was one of the pioneers popularized Hawaiian music. Kaai was a talented musician, teacher, entrepreneur, manufacturer, impresario, booking agent and publisher, of music and numerous method books1. He was probably the foremost proponent of the ukulele at the beginning of the 20th century and published […]

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Chapter 10.7 – Joe Harvey

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Joe Harvey, who styled himself as “America’s Blue Yodeling Cowboy”, was a musician, singer and yodeler who performed on KNX Hollywood and XEBC Agua Caliente (Tijuana, Mexico) during the middle 1930’s. Like many other performers, Joe Harvey wrote to Martin in the hope of getting a special deal on a guitar he wanted to buy. […]

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Chapter 10.6 – Manual Ygnacio Ferrer (ca. 1832-1904)

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From the middle of the 19th century until the early years of the 20th century, Manuel Y. Ferrer was a prolific composer and arranger for the guitar and mandolin as well as a virtuoso guitarist and respected teacher . Although little known today, except in classical guitar circles, Ferrer must rank as one of the […]

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1942 Martin D-45S Guitar (Serial Number 81242)

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All pre-war Martin D-45 guitars are rare but a D-45 Special guitar considerably raises the bar on the rarity factor. This guitar was ordered for Austin Wood on March 28, 1942 by the Ludwig Music House of St. Louis, Missouri, although the bookings entry does not mention what special feature was ordered. The Martin shop […]

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1932 Martin “Arkie” D-2S Guitar (Serial Number 50562)

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Luther Ossenbrink (March 2, 1906 – June 23, 1981) was an American country musician who was also known as the “Arkansas Woodchopper” or just “Arkie”. He started performing on radio on KMBC in Kansas City in 1928 and moved to WLS in Chicago in 1930, where he was a popular performer until the late 1950’s. […]