'I got my first real six-string,
bought it at the five and dime'
The memorable opening lines of Bryan Adam's hit Summer of '69 are not just lyrics, but he in fact bought his first 'real' guitar at a '5 and dime' store in Ottawa, Canada in 1971.
"I bought an imitation Les Paul at "I bought an imitation Les Paul at a '5 and dime' store in Ottawa, Canada in 1971," the singer said.
"Before that, I had an imitation Strat which I bought in Reading, England in 1970. It felt real at the time to have a Les Paul, even though I'm a massive Ritchie Blackmore fan - still am. I was heavily into Humble Pie's Rockin’ The Fillmore album at the time, and both Peter Frampton and Steve Marriott were on Les Pauls. It's rock guitar heaven, that album."
But the singer considers his 'first real six string', the one that he purchased at a five and dime! Like he sings in his opening line for Summer of '69.