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#4: "Electric Sitar"
The Box Tops: "Cry Like A Baby"

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Vinnie Bell:
More (The theme From "Mondo Cane")
(electric sitar)

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Vinnie Bell
Vinnie Bell
photo by George Schowerer

Folkswingers-Kicks-realsitar
Folkswingers:
Kicks
(real sitar)

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Lord Sitar (AKA/Big Jim Sullivan):
I Am The Walrus
(real sitar)

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Ravi Harris:
Path Of The Burning Sarong
(real sitar)

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Big Jim Sullivan:
Sunshine Superman
(real sitar)

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LordSitar
Lord Sitar (AKA/Big Jim Sullivan):
same
(real sitar)


Local San Francisco music critic and author, Joel Selvin, featured an electric sitar segment on his weekly show "Selvin On The City."

Joel was happy to provide a brief overview of the instrument.

Invented in 1967 by New York session guitarist Vinnie Bell and guitar maker Nathaniel Daniels of Danelectro, the electric sitar was quickly and briefly in vogue on records from New York, where Bell inevitably played the instrument, to Memphis, where Reggie Young more than capably added the instrument to tracks by the Box Tops, B.J. Thomas and others. The Coral Electric Sitar, the most popular brand of several versions, substituted a "buzz bridge" for the sympathetic strings found on the Indian sitar, which was enjoying a faddish popularity on the rock scene (Beatles, Yardbirds, etc.). The electric sitar always had problems staying in tune and the chords didn't sound quite right, so the instrument was largely used to play melody. The electric sitar rapidly dropped out favor, as the summer of love passed, and Steve Miller is fond of telling concert audiences that he found the instrument he used with such great success on his "Wild Mountain Honey" in a barrel at Manhattan musical instrument store Manny's marked "Any Guitar $99." By the time, Jeff Baxter used the model on "Do It Again" from the first Steely Dan album, the instrument had already passed from the scene and the arcane guitar sounded fresh all over in the context. Over the years, the instrument has developed a constituency and the collectors' items now change hands for $1500 or more apiece.

Electric Sitar Songs
Box Tops Cry Like A Baby

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Eric Burdon Monterey

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Clash Armageddon Time

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Cyrkle Turn Down Day

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Lee Dorsey Give It Up

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Guns N Roses Pretty Tied Up

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Jethro Tull Fat Man

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Lemon Pipers Green Tambourine

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Pat Metheny Last Train Home

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Freda Payne Band Of Gold

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Gene Pitney She's A Heartbreaker

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Redbone Come & Get Your Love

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Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson Soul Shake

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Joe South Games People Play

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Steely Dan Do It Again

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Stylistics You Are Everything

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Traffic Paper Sun

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Traffic Hole In My Shoe

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Paul Young Every Time You Go Away

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Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed & Delivered

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Real Sitar
Beatles The Inner Light

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Beatles Love You To

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Beatles Norwegian Wood

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Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows

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Beatles Within You And Without You

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Lenny Kravitz It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over

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Rolling Stones Paint It Black

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Steel Guitar Using a Sitar Bar
Joe Goldmark Flying

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Poco Indian Summer

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Probably Keyboard Imitating a Sitar Sound (?)
Tom Petty Don't Come Around Here

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