George Van Eps — Greatest Guitar Player You’ve Probably Never Heard of

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That was his solo version Once In A While and Mama’s Gone Goodbye with the Russ Morgan Orchestra played by  “The greatest guitar player you’ve probably never heard of,” George Van Eps.  Van Eps was the Father of the Seven String Guitar.  The conventional guitar has six strings to which George Van Eps added a seventh, in the bass register.  Like Les Paul, he designed his own guitar and had it built by Epiphone.  He also wrote a series of guitar instruction books on how to play the seven string guitar, published by Mel Bay.  (Note: I am not the announcer in this cut.)

For a period of time  the quiet sensuous guitars were giving way to the ear blasting banks of amplifiers and angry guitar smashing antics of the the rockers of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.  It was at this time, that I discovered George Van Eps.

One night on his Cobweb Corner radio program, Don Brown played a George Van Eps record — I’ll Remember April.  I was astounded at the both the sound of the guitar and harmonic ability of Van Eps.  I knew about  many jazz guitarists, but I had never heard of George Van Eps.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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