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The Fred Thread: Four Gretsch Presidents Named…Fred (Fred #2)

The Fred Thread: Four Gretsch Presidents Named…Fred (Fred #2)

Fred Gretsch, Sr. – The Visionary, Teenage CEO. The oldest child of Friedrich and Rosa Gretsch (and the first to be officially named Fred). Born on February 10, 1880, the oldest child of Friedrich and Rosa Gretsch (and the first to be officially named Frederick) was...

Ten Things You May Not Know About Slim Jim Phantom

Ten Things You May Not Know About Slim Jim Phantom

Slim Jim Phantom is Rockabilly Royalty. Born not too far from the Gretsch factory in Brooklyn and raised in Massapequa, New York, Phantom grew up immersed in music, especially his parents’ jazz records which featured many legendary Gretsch drummers. “I was a jazz...

The Fred Thread: Four Gretsch Presidents Named…Fred (Fred #1)

The Fred Thread: Four Gretsch Presidents Named…Fred (Fred #1)

Fred #1: Friedrich Gretsch - The “First Fred” Who Started It All. If you had a time machine and attended any Gretsch family reunion in the past 100 years, you’d probably meet more than one Fred Gretsch. As many of you reading this article know, the name Fred Gretsch...

Georgia Southern Names the Fred & Dinah Gretsch School of Music

Georgia Southern Names the Fred & Dinah Gretsch School of Music

With historic gift and partnership, Georgia Southern names the Fred & Dinah Gretsch School of Music The “grit and grace” that defines the historic Gretsch sound is also a perfect label for Georgia Southern, as the university’s school of music will now be named...

South Carolina Banjo Day In Honor of Todd Taylor

South Carolina Banjo Day In Honor of Todd Taylor

Spartanburg, SC native Todd "Banjoman" Taylor, a Gretsch-endorsed artist since 2012 and Guinness World Record holder for fastest banjo, is honored by the State of South Carolina for the positive impact he has made on the state on the second Tuesday in March each...

Remembering Bobby Orr

Remembering Bobby Orr

A worldwide community story . . . The below photo was sent to me recently by Chris Welch (one of the UK’s most respected music journalists and writers), and it prompted me to think about creating this piece on Bobby Orr, one of Britain’s greatest drummers.  Sadly, we...

The Day The Music Stopped

The Day The Music Stopped

When COVID-19 hit our country I had already worked half a year on booking my 2020 schedule.  One day I am playing a gig anticipating a busy summer and the next day told to stay home.  No public performances, no gathering of people, no events of any kind.  Don’t get me...