Skip to comments.Old Piano Adventure The Saloon Sound
Posted on 09/12/2013 10:40:36 AM PDT by navysealdad
Guy buys a 100-year-old saloon piano for $75 and coaxes magic out of it.
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Fun stuff - thanks for posting.
Anyone know the boogie woogie song he is playing?
I enjoyed that video.
Thumbtacks in the hammers give it that “saloon” sound.
Sounds like our old upright after we put thumbtacks in the hammers.
Reminds me of Jonathan Winters as `Mrs. Sally Sweetwater’ who when asked if she would like to see her son run for President someday (he recorded this during the 1964 campaign) replied,
“Of course I would. But I don’t think he stands a chance.”
“You see, he plays the piano in a cathouse!”
Awesome! That had my one good foot tapping!
Wayne Watson tune, “Touch of the Master’s Hand”, comes to mind.
Thumbtacks in the hammers give it that saloon sound. ............... they give it a more sustained ringing sound. I did that back in the 50’s with our piano when the honky tonk type music became popular again. Can’t do it with mine now, its electric.
I think it is “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B”. Was a real, real popular song and some kinda Purdy gals sang it.
And then Bette Midler butchered it.
Around WWII wasn’t it?
Back in the late 50’s when I was a young whipper snapper we got snowed in at Silverton, Co. for three days. Spent the whole time in an old hotel that was build during the silver mining boom of the late 1800’s. Of course, was period decorated, probably mostly original, and the bar had one of the old pianos with corresponding age gal playing it. She was about 60 and had played in saloons all around Colorado her whole life and boy could she play that thing. She would play with people standing around the piano just like in the movies and she could tell stories just as well as she could play.
Excellent post, thank you. I’d love to hear a guy from the 60’s Bay Area named Nicky Hopkins wring that thing out.
Biff, sounds like my college days, when I would play at bars for tips and drinks. Almost flunked out my 1st year. Played to 2 am, went back to the dorm, and slept for 3 hours, and went to my am biology class still tired and half drunk. I didn’t do well in any of my am classes.
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