Hard Rock Cafe San Antonio Memorabilia
1968 Fender Telecaster
Here are two views of an incredible guitar - Waylon Jennings' 1968 Telecaster. Check out the hand-tooled leather covering and matching personalized strap. Way too cool. Also, notice that the low "E" string has a banjo-style tuning peg. This is a really historic instrument.
This classic western shirt was once owned and worn by the late, great Buddy Holly. We acquired it from legendary sax player Bobby Keys. Bobby is best known for his long-time gig with the Rolling Stones (the sax solo on “Brown Sugar” is Bobby), but he got his start playing with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee at the tender age of 14.
Here’s the coolest thing in the history of the universe – Jimi Hendrix’ famous “Stars and Stripes” shirt. Jimi flew this freak flag high at Temple Stadium in Philadelphia on May 16th, 1970. In fact, Jimi so loved this flashy bit of muslin that he wore it throughout the summer of ’70. He can also be seen wearing it in that classic piece of hippie cinema – Rainbow Bridge. During the the film shoot, in Hawaii, Jimi played an impromptu game of ping-pong with the movie’s art director, Melinda Merryweather (who also appears in the film). When Jimi lost, he gave Melinda this shirt (which he was wearing at the time). To the victor belong the spoils!
Selmer Mark 6 Saxophone
If there was a sixth member of the Stones, it has to be Bobby Keys. This Texas native joined the band in ’69 and has been with them on stage and in the studio ever since. Though he’s played on thousands of recordings by a litany of iconic artists, Bobby will go straight to Rock ’n’ Roll Heaven for his solo on “Brown Sugar” from the Stones’ best album – 1971’s Sticky Fingers. It could be argued that Bobby’s contribution to the Stones’ legacy is just as crucial as any other member of the group. Bobby used this Selmer Mark 6 Saxophone for over 30 years. It’s featured on nearly every recording he did – including “Brown Sugar.” This humble horn is a truly legendary piece of rock history.
Selena Quintanilla Perez
Selena, a Texas-born Tejano superstar, was a living legend to many people near and far. Selena's mix of pop, r&b and traditional Hispanic folk music was undeniably infectious! Selena performed right here at our cafe's grand opening on January 12, 1995, just two months before her death at the age of 23. Shortly after her death, Hard Rock installed a star outside the cafe in her honor.