Letters: Ella Jenkins; Telecaster

Hosts Melissa Block and Michele Norris read letters from our listeners about Ella Jenkins and the 60th birthday of the Telecaster.

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Time now for your comments. And we heard from many of you about a pair of music stories on yesterday's program.


First, I spoke with Ella Jenkins, who's spent more than 50 years singing with children.

Ms. ELLA JENKINS: I almost never think in terms of how many years but what is done with the years you have. And the children are the ones who help me grow and make my life much more meaningful.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. JENKINS: (Singing) You'll sing a song, and I'll sing a song, and we'll sing a song together...

BLOCK: Well, Chad Crabtree(ph) of Elkhart, Indiana, writes: Hearing her music takes me back to second grade. When we listened to her records after we came inside from recess, I fondly remember laying my sweaty little face on the cold desk while the calming sound of Ms. Jenkins played throughout the classroom.

NORRIS: Also yesterday, we celebrated the 60th birthday of the less calming Telecaster. The iconic electric guitar has been played by the likes of Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page.

(Soundbite of song, "Communication Breakdown")

NORRIS: Ken Carbone(ph) of New York City wrote this at npr.org: Fantastic tribute to a true American icon. I immediately went home and gave my '55 Tele a big hug and a kiss just for the occasion.

BLOCK: Thanks to all who wrote in. You can give us a hug and a kiss or a kick in the pants...

NORRIS: Speak for yourself.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: At npr.org. Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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