43. The Fuzz Came from Music City


In 1961, Marty Robbins was in the studio recording the song “Don’t Worry.” Grady Martin, one of Nashville’s most talented guitarists had a problem with his amplifier that was causing a buzz or fuzzy tone. There was debate about whether to fix it and re-record, but Marty liked the sound. Since then, that fuzztone has been used on thousands of records from the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” to most any Jimi Hendrix song. And it all came from a Music City state of mind.

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