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Fresno Music History: Gospel Music
Fresno Music History: Gospel Music - Started by Don Smith who was also in the Gospelaires singing group. I was talking to Charlie Daniels down at Sound Stage today and he told me Don started the music store in about 1948-49. It was first located on Mono street downtown but around 1960 they moved it to the location at 2901 N. Blackstone on the corner of Michigan ave. There's a furniture store there now.
Charlie eventually bought the store from Don and ran it for many years.
Here's a page from the Valley's Legends and Legacies book about Don Smith and his music store: http://tinyurl.com/86vcefq
I remember buying a used '63 Jazzmaster there from Charlie on consignment in about 1978. Doug Campbell still has the neck from that guitar on his Strat as I had ruined the body by sawing it with a sabre saw and routing it out for humbuckers with a drill, then spray painting it purple and putting black electrical tape as stripes. There worth a boatload now.