Born to be Wild.

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Throwback Thursdays: Born to be Wild...

Wild probably isn’t the first thing one conjures up in their mind when they see an accordion. But hey, this was the 1950s...

Like father, like son, I had one of these strapped to me at @ 3 years old. I’m 4 here. I played the accordion into my teens. My dad was a little disappointed when I took up the guitar and embraced rock & roll. That’s when the wild side started to show up, around 1963.

Rene Fabre playing accordion in the bedroom. Renton Highlands circa 1954.

Before the English Invasion, before Grunge, Psychedelic, Experimental Rock, or Heavy Metal we had Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Sonics, The Fabulous Wailers, The Kingsmen, The Ventures, The Dave Lewis Trio, Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts and many more...

Back then these local bands got a lot of airplay on KJR AM with Pat O’Day (KJR Seattle, channel 95!) and when we were in high school, that was probably the only station we ever listened to in the car, cruising the loop in Renton. It was right out of American Graffiti.

Besides Jimi Hendrix, who came much later, I first loved The Ventures. They’re one of the first reasons I was attracted to the guitar. Did you know they originated from Tacoma? Who could forget Walk, Don’t Run (1960) or Wipe Out! (1963) Over the years they sold over 100 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Comments (18)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Rene-Thank you for the trip down your memory lane. 

Jul 02, 2015 04:43 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Good Thursday afternoon Rene Fabre -

What a great stroll down memory lane.  You know back in the day we had 'real' music that has stuck with us throughout our lives.  These days..... not so much.

Jul 02, 2015 05:08 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is a flash to the past.  I think the guitar probably made you look much more hip!

Jul 02, 2015 05:36 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Rene - A trip down memory lane! I remember all of those groups. Whatever happened to good music? And I played guitar too - mostly folk until I started studying classical in my 40's.

Jul 02, 2015 06:16 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I always wanted to be able to play the accordian.  It looked so neat.  Then again, my grandmother was Polish and loved listening to polka music, so it's clearly in my blood.


Jul 02, 2015 07:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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René - lots of memories there.  I lived in Philadelphia and remember seeing Dick Clark live on American Bandstand on WFIL TV.

Jul 02, 2015 07:35 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good evening René. I remember the 60's well. I did not know the Ventures were from Tacoma.

Jul 02, 2015 07:44 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Sharon Lee ... You bet! :O) Enjoy the holiday!

Hey John McCormack ... I miss the regional different influences these days. A lot of great music came out of the 1960s!

Hi Belinda Spillman ... I thought that too! Guitar to a 14, 15 year old is way cooler. Or so I thought at the time!

Jul 02, 2015 08:26 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Dick Greenberg ... I studied a little classical. I'm mostly self taught. Played a lot of coffee shops in the very early days playing Dillon etc.

Hi Chris Ann Cleland ... Your Grandmother would have loved my Dad! He played all of the European ethnic music.

Hi Grant Schneider ... Me too and Paul Revere was on that show a few times!

Jul 02, 2015 08:38 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Michael Thornton ... Funny thought along the way I found while writing this was the Ventures out sold the Beatles 2 to 1 in Japan!

Jul 02, 2015 08:40 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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in 1963 we had nothing yet. It all started coming in 1966 and later, and I remember first time listening to Beatles about that time. We were a bit slow

Jul 02, 2015 09:13 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are great memories, Rene.  You look like a young Buddy Holly in that picture!

Jul 02, 2015 11:48 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL ... I saw a documentary a year, maybe more ago about the Beatles in Russia. I was amazed at how popular they are still there. We were a little slow in the Pacific Northwest too, but for (most likely) different reasons. But they both had a lot to do with leadership and attitude.


Jul 02, 2015 11:59 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Rene, My old band manger worked for Paul Revere and the Raiders and was on "Where the action is".

Jul 03, 2015 01:59 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL I saw a great PBS special about the Beatles in Russia about a year ago. I really enjoyed it. The Beatles are still admired. 

Jul 03, 2015 02:32 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ... ha ha! I loved Buddy Holly too! 

Jul 03, 2015 02:42 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Hey Donald Hester ... I remember Paul Revere and the Raiders on that show! I watched it frequently and good ol' Dick Clark introduced us to a lot of musical acts!

Jul 03, 2015 02:44 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Rene ... priceless photo my friend 

My grandfather's ancestors were from Czech Republic and he played on of these for over 60 years of his life.

And by the way, VB sports the same glasses when driving or watching TV as the ones in your photo, styles keep coming back 

Jul 03, 2015 03:19 AM