OK, I’ll give you a hint. It was a tenor guitar and had the face of a famous cartoon mouse on the top.
The Mousegetar that was given to Jimmy Dodd, the head Mouseketeer.
I know many of you are asking, who is Jimmy Dodd and what is a Mouseketeer?
For all you young whippersnappers out there in cyber-space, here's the story:
The Mickey Mouse Club.
It was part variety show, part serial drama show and mostly infomercial that bestowed the wonders of Disneyland.
Because that was where life was happy and beautiful because everyone sang and danced and didn’t have to worry about ducking and covering on account of the Cold War.
If they didn't go, their young lives would be forever ruined!
Nikita Khrushchev was invited to go to Disneyland.
Elvis went there after hours to prevent being crushed by loving female fans.
I have never been. And I'm 57 years old. Perhaps that's the root of all my adult problems. However let us get back on topic.
carefully selected children that could sing and dance and most of all look really cute. Dodd was an actor that had appeared in several movies, but is best remembered for his role on The Mickey Mouse Club.
He was a fine singer, songwriter, played tenor guitar and wrote the show's theme song and most of the other tunes heard on the show.
Jimmy owned a wonderful old 1940’s era mahogany top Martin tenor guitar.
This one had Mickey Mouse’s face on the guitar’s top and cutaway bouts on either side for Mickey’s large ears
Candelas Guitar Shop by shop craftsman Candelario Delgado. That is another story.
The shop is still in existence and still run by family, Manny and Tomas at East Cesar Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles California.
Mousgeetars to sell to all the kids in TV land. One of the makers, Emenee Toys had a connection to the designer of the Maccaferri Selmer guitar.
Mario Maccaferri came to the United States and was very successful in the injection plastic industry. His company was one of those that made the plastic toy mousgeetars.
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