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Blue's Legend Lowell Fulson's 1965 Gibson ES-335 Guitar (1921-1999). Very few people can lay claim to a career spanning six full decades and including every type of blues imaginable. Very few guitar models have been around for 47 years and can still excite both new players and legendary veterans. Put the two together and you have an important, historical offering. Up for bids is the Gibson Cherry Red ES-335 (Serial #8656890) instrument that Lowell Fulson purchased new in 1965 and played until 1997. Can you imagine the blues licks played on this instrument? Lowell Fulson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma growing up on local area blues and Bob Wills' Western swing. He toured with Texas Alexander in the early 1940s, then served a stint in the Navy. After that, Fulson moved to Oakland, California, hooked up with Bob Geddins and the 78 RPMs started rolling out including the big hit "Three O'Clock Blues", later covered by B.B. King. In 1948, he switched over to Swing Time Records and the hits really began to flow - such as the immortal "Every Day I Have the Blues", "Blue Shadows", "Lonesome Christmas", and an instrumental, "Low Society Blues", played on by pianist Lloyd Glenn and alto saxist Earl Brown. From about 1950 on, Fulson toured extensively with band members inlcuding Ray Charles and Stanley Turrentine. He signed with Chess in 1954 and recorded the classic "Reconsider Baby", cut in Dallas under Stan Lewis's supervision with a sax section that included David "Fathead" Newman on tenor and Leroy Cooper on baritone. It became a massive hit and Elvis Presley covered it in 1960. Another label change (to Kent) brought him his biggest hit, "Tramp", which was written and recorded using this very guitar. Fulson continued to perform and record using this Gibson as his main guitar until poor health forced his retirement in 1997, the year he sold this guitar to the present owner. Included with this lot are photos of Lowell playing and signing this awesome instrument as well as his signed affidavit dated August 1997 certifying authenticity. Few players and few guitars can stay contemporary with style changes over such an extended period of time - here's an amazing combination that did just that.
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