That Was The Year 1956 Awards, Power Plants And Dom­i­na­tors

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first solid­body gui­tars, the 160 with one pickup and the 162 with two. The con­struc­tion is very ba­sic with a cut­away body and glued-in (set) neck with two or four con­trols on the tear-drop shaped scratch­plate. In the late 50s Henri Selmer in Char­ing Cross Road begin im­port­ing the up­graded ver­sions (with the trade mark rec­tan­gu­lar con­trol pan­els) and give them the name Colorama.

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Burgess and Don­ald Maclean are seen in the Soviet Union; Pak­istan be­comes the first Is­lamic repub­lic; Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing com­mences; the transat­lantic tele­phone ca­ble be­gins op­er­a­tion; the Chew Val­ley ar­ti­fi­cial lake in Som­er­set is in­au­gu­rated by the Queen and will pro­vide drink­ing wa­ter for Bris­tol and the sur­round­ing area; Mach 3 is fi­nally con­quered by the Bell X-2 air­craft; and the UK’s Calder Hall be­comes the world’s first com­mer­cial nu­clear power plant.

is crit­i­cised for his sug­ges­tive move­ments while per­form­ing Hound Dog on a US TV show; My Fair Lady opens on Broad­way; Doris Day records Que Sera, Sera (What­ever Will Be, Will Be) fea­tured in Al­fred Hitch­cock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much in which she co-stars with James Ste­wart; and fol­low­ing the un­prece­dented US re­lease of Lau­rence Olivier’s Richard III in the­atres and Tele­vi­sion on the same day Olivier is nom­i­nated for an Os­car.

Johnny Smith Award cut­away acous­tic arch­top gui­tar yet cu­ri­ously Johnny never used one. Smith had sent in his de­sign that spec­i­fied the top be carved be­fore the cut­away was taken out but the plant fore­man in­sisted on do­ing it the other way round. Smith pro­nounces it an ex­cel­lent in­stru­ment but re­fuses to ac­cept or play the gui­tar. It sells well, how­ever, but due to the pop­u­lar­ity of elec­tric gui­tars most are sold with a float­ing pickup fit­ted.

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gui­tar the ES-150 is phased out af­ter 20 years in pro­duc­tion; Elvis Pres­ley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis get to­gether at Sun Stu­dios for the first and only time; Brigitte Bar­dot’s per­for­mance in the Roger Vadim film And God Cre­ated Woman earns her the ti­tle of sex kit­ten; Prince Rainier III of Monaco mar­ries actress Grace Kelly; Shirley Bassey’s first sin­gle Burn My Can­dle (At Both Ends) is re­leased; and Humphrey Lyt­tel­ton and his band record Bad Penny Blues in Lon­don with sound en­gi­neer Joe Meek.

elec­tron­ics in­no­va­tor Char­lie Watkins in­tro­duces the Dom­i­na­tor am­pli­fier with a V-shaped front to of­fer greater sound dis­per­sion. It of­fers two chan­nels, four in­puts and tremolo and em­ploys a pair of EL 84 out­put valves and two 10-inch Elac speak­ers. It de­liv­ers 17 watts and the fin­ishes and con­trol knobs bear a strik­ing re­sem­blance to the popular Dansette record player.

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