That Was The Year... 1937 Ab­di­ca­tion, Corona­tion, Avi­a­tion

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

WASHBURN DREAD­NOUGHT GUI­TARS are en­joy­ing a run of suc­cess. A small quan­tity of model 5246 are built by Lyon & Healey in Chicago with fully bound rose­wood back and sides and a spruce top with dou­ble X brac­ing. The ebony finger­board sports pearl dot in­lays and on some the head­stocks show a dis­tinc­tive ‘ lined’ fea­ture. THE BBC MAKES ITS FIRST out­side broad­cast as West­min­ster Abbey hosts the corona­tion of King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth fol­low­ing the ab­di­ca­tion of Ed­ward VIII. Ed­ward now be­comes the Duke of Wind­sor and mar­ries Wal­lis Simp­son in France. Less spec­tac­u­larly, Neville Cham­ber­lain be­comes Prime Min­is­ter. THE LIT­TLE­WOODS POLS COMP ANY opens a depart­ment store in Black­pool; 999 be­comes the emer­gency tele­phone num­ber; the Bri­tish Gra­ham Land Ex­pe­di­tion re­turns from Antarc­tica; the 12- sided three pence coin is minted for the first time; the now scarce 1937 penny is struck; and the first edi­tion of The Dandy comic goes on sale. GIBSON DISCO NTINUES ITS L- 1 flat- top acous­tic af­ter 11 years in pro­duc­tion. It was very pop­u­lar at first, thanks to its Robert John­son con­nec­tion. It fea­tured a spruce top, ma­hogany back and sides, ebony finger­board ( with pearl dot in­lays) and ebony pyramid bridge, but Gibson feels that its newer mod­els have more ap­peal. NEW BOYS HANK WIL­LIAMS and Sonny Boy Wil­liamson ( along with his record­ing of Good Morn­ing Lit­tle School Girl) start out on their mu­si­cal ca­reers. Frankie Laine sings for the Fred­die Car­lone band af­ter Perry Como leaves. The blues scene is vi­brant, too, with Robert John­son re­leas­ing 32- 20 Blues, Ter­ra­plane Blues and Cross Road Blues this year. GER­MAN LU THIER HER­MANN HAUSER fi­nally makes a gui­tar that An­drés Se­govia likes, 12 years af­ter his ini­tial at­tempt! Amaz­ingly, this clas­si­cal gui­tar be­comes Se­govia’s favourite and he uses it con­stantly over the next 30 years un­til, in 1962, a mi­cro­phone falls into the gui­tar dur­ing a record­ing ses­sion. Sadly for An­drés, the sound is never the same. NEW AR­RIVALS IN­CLU DE Jerry Reed, Merle Hag­gard, Shirley Bassey, Frankie Valli, Trini Lopez, Don Everly, Roberta Flack, Nancy Wil­son, Way­lon Jen­nings, Bobby Parker ( lead gui­tarist with Bo Did­dley), com­poser Philip Glass, ac­tress Bar­bara Wind­sor, Star Trek’s Ge­orge Takei and first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova. Sadly, the great Ge­orge Gersh­win dies of a brain tu­mour, aged just 38. THE HAWKER HUR­RI­CANE is the first mono­plane fighter to en­ter ser­vice in the RAF; ground tests of Frank Whit­tle’s jet en­gine be­gin in Rugby; Howard Hughes sets a new record time to fly be­tween Los Angeles and New York; Amelia Earhart and nav­i­ga­tor Fred Noo­nan dis­ap­pear dur­ing her at­tempt to be­come the first woman to fly around the world; and the first Ja­panese- built air­craft to fly to Europe touches down at Croy­don Air­port. It’s called the Kamikaze!

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