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Totally Tubular

The first jazz I ever heard was amplified by vacuum tubes. I remember Louis Armstrong and Spike Jones coming through loud and clear via our family’s old black and white television. In those days, you couldn’t listen to recorded or broadcast music that was not amplified by what enthusiasts now call burning bottles.

Even our 1954 Ford Country Sedan nine-passenger wagon had a tube-powered radio-I always became impatient waiting for it to warm up before tuning into WKY in Oklahoma City-and I fondly recall peeking through the grille to watch the warm glow of the tubes as they pumped out Ray Charles and Buck Owens.

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