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NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 4,500 interviews and is continually growing. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit https://www.namm.org/library.
 
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Join the Music History Project team as we dive a little deeper into gospel music as told by those interviewed for the NAMM Oral history program. Our special guest is Jonah Del Fiorentino, who chose to discuss the interviews of legendary vocalist Betty Wright and Jonah's own grandmother who has been a life long pianist and piano teacher.…
 
Gospel and Contemporary church music have changed greatly over the last 50 years. One of the key elements of this development has been catchy and relatable songs churchgoers can sing along to. Join us as we explore the contributions of three such songwriters, Kurt Kaiser (“Pass It On”), Karen Lafferty (“Seek Ye First”), and Robert Watters (“The She…
 
What 80’s hit was written on the toilet? Was “Puff, The Magic Dragon” really about marijuana use? These and other burning questions will be answered in this month’s episode of the Music History Project! We will be learning the backstories of songs written by Jason Mraz, Valerie Day & John Smith, Jerry Fuller, Mark Stein, Peter Yarrow, Gail Davies, …
 
Why do werewolves dine at Lee Ho Fooks, and what is a Schlimazel? All throughout the NAMM Oral History interview collection are the stories of songwriters talking about the inspirations behind their musical creations. Join us as we reveal fun facts about such songs as “Werewolves of London,” the TV theme to Laverne & Shirley as well as several othe…
 
Join the Music History Project team as we explore some fascinating facts about the ukulele! While reviewing NAMM’s interview of Robert Yates, we are provided insight into the instruments interesting history as well as the making of the ukulele. Mr. Yates, known as Uncle Uke, provides a wonderful look at the uke’s background and he even plays for us…
 
The Music History Project podcast would like to join the music community in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Memphis retailer Amro Music! Over the years, the NAMM Oral History program has captured numerous interviews with family members and employees. In this episode we utilize those interviews to showcase how Amro Music has supported music mak…
 
During World War II special records were sent overseas to the troops with the goal of boosting morale. These records which would later be called V (for victory) Discs have a fascinating history. This week on The Music History Project we will hear from two music historians about this unique program including one who remembers hearing the music being…
 
The Music History Project is highlighting the fascinating career of trumpeter and product engineer, Larry Ramirez. Join us as Larry shares the unique way he was able to purchase his first instrument and how his career with the Holton Company developed. Mr. Ramirez has an impressive list of iconic artists he has worked with over the years including …
 
This week The Music History Project discusses recording studio design! We will hear from several innovative engineers who have put their own unique spin on studio design including Glenn Phoenix, Guy Charbonneau, Michael Marquart, George Augspurger, Jimmy Nutt and Sherry Klein. We discovered that a studio can truly be anywhere you need it to be incl…
 
This week The Music History Project will be discussing multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and electronic engineer Don Lewis. Utilizing our interview with him in 2004 in the Museum of Making Music as well as a recent interview in 2021 we will go through Don’s impressive career working for Hammond and Mr. Kakehashi to the creation of LEO (Live Electroni…
 
This week’s episode is dedicated to the King of Soul, Sam Cooke. Join Dan, Mike and Ashley as they discuss Sam’s influence and contribution to not only soul music but popular music as well. Enjoy stories from Jerry Blavat and Al Schmitt who worked with him in the industry, Tommy Roe and Chris Montez who toured with him and Ellis Hall and Deacon Joh…
 
The Music History Project is featuring the inspiring musician and songwriter Benjamin Scheuer this week. Join Ashley, Dan and Mike as they discuss Benjamin’s infectious passion for music and the unique and remarkable career he has had. Benjamin also performs a few of his songs including “Cookie Tin Banjo”, “I Am Samantha” and “Weather the Storm” an…
 
The introduction of the synthesizer brought with it a many new types of sounds and a new way of thinking when it came to creating instruments. This week on The Music History Project, hear from some of the legendary synth pioneers that creatively and scientifically invented some of the most iconic sounds in recent popular music including Don Buchla,…
 
Mike, Dan and Ashley are going behind the scenes this week to discuss the evolution of Front of House (FOH). Using interviews from the NAMM Oral History collection, the team begins with a review of the innovations that took place while Rusty Brutsche was developing Showco. This episode also features highlights from the careers of audio engineers Sc…
 
This week on The Music History Podcast Mike, Ashley and Dan will be featuring two industry heroes of the pickup! Discussing their first designs and the evolution of the product will be the Founder of Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan and the Founder of the Bill Lawrence Guitar Pickups, Bill Lawrence.By NAMM Resource Center
 
The Music History Project continues highlighting the remarkable steel guitar this week by discussing the great innovators over the years. Join Ashley, Mike and Dan as they chat about the evolution of this versatile instrument and some of the key players. Enjoy interviews from industry greats Lowell Kiesel, Jody Carver and Kay Koster as well as icon…
 
The Music History Project will be highlighting the steel guitar in our next two episodes. In this episode Dan, Mike and Ashley will be discussing the pioneers of this versatile instrument and going through its fascinating history. Enjoy interviews from iconic musicians Speedy West, Bud Issacs, Buddy Merrill, Gary Morse, Alvino Rey and Buddy Emmons,…
 
Join the Music History Project this week as we honor the amazing songwriter Hal David on what would have been his 100th birthday! Mr. David shares his story that began with him writing songs while serving during WWII. He then worked at the legendary Brill Building where he developed a partnership with Burt Bacharach and would write numerous hits in…
 
This week Dan, Mike and Ashley are putting on their boogie shoes and discussing some of the great songwriters of the 1970s. These songwriters have written some of the most quintessential songs of that decade including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “All Right Now,” “Express Yourself,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “Love Train” and so…
 
The Music History Project will highlight our captivating interview with Sam Hinton this week. Join Mike, Ashley and Dan as we discuss Mr. Hinton’s focus on preserving some of our nation’s greatest treasures, folk songs. His efforts led to several recordings being submitted to the Library of Congress and a deeper understanding of the origins of folk…
 
Join Ashley, Mike and Dan this week as we honor International Women’s Day by highlighting the innovative career of the founder of Daisy Rock Guitars, Tish Ciravolo. Tish’s story begins like so many others, falling in love with playing the bass guitar. She always felt there was a disconnect between female player's needs and what the instruments prov…
 
Join Mike, Dan and Ashley this week in remembering the iconic saxophonist, Boots Randolph. Not only was he a major player in the Nashville Sound playing on such hits as “Return to Sender” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” but had his own smash hit with “Yakety Sax!” In Boots' 2003 NAMM interview you will hear from the man himself as well as C…
 
The Music History Project is celebrating what would have been Jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s 100th birthday this week. Join Ashley, Dan and Mike as they discuss the massive impact he had on music as well as listening to interviews from members of his trio including Eugene Wright, Joe Morello and the man himself, Mr. Brubeck.…
 
This week Ashley, Mike and Dan will continue to do the two-step to some iconic country music. We will be highlighting some of the genres most iconic performers, including Kitty Wells, Charley Pride, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and Whispering Bill Anderson - all of whom have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame!…
 
The Music History Project has gone country! Join us as we discuss some of the genre's most iconic recordings and those who were there. Highlights will include Bonnie Guitar sharing stories of recording “Dark Moon”, Glenn Snoddy discussing the fuzz tone on “Don’t Worry About Me”, Ralph Peer II discussing the early Carter family recordings from his f…
 
This week Ashley, Dan, and Mike are highlighting the inspiring career of Musician, Songwriter, and Music Advocate Patrice Rushen. She began her career in high school playing at the Monterey Jazz Festival, which led to performing with many artists. Overtime she transitioned into composing and arranging for television and film. Patrice is also a pass…
 
It’s no surprise that Record Producer, Songwriter and Recording Engineer, Al Bell has always had an ear for music. A former radio DJ who became a fundamental part of famed Stax Records has helped propel many of the label's artists over the years including the Staple Singers and Otis Redding. This week The Music History Project discusses the many am…
 
Dan, Mike and Ashley have just one question for you - are you experienced? It has been fifty years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and this week we are honoring the man and his music by sharing the impact he made. We will hear from Recording Engineer, Eddie Kramer; Bassist, Billy Cox; Founder of Seymour Duncan Pickups, Seymour Duncan; Studio Musi…
 
Composer Suzanne Ciani may have started her musical career with the piano, but once she was introduced to Don Buchla and electronic music she never looked back. She has played a key role introducing electronic musical instruments into pop culture including film, television and music. Join Dan, Mike and Ashley this week as we explore the career of o…
 
Buckle up, because The Music History Project is taking you on a long strange trip this week, discussing The Grateful Dead. In this episode, we will explore several aspects of what makes them such a timeless band, including interviews from the original drummer, Mickey Hart; Vocalist, Donna Jean Godchaux; Pro Lighting Pioneer, Michael Paul; President…
 
This week we celebrate the phenomenal drumming career of Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett. Join us and try not to get whiplash backlash as he goes through his stunning career which includes touring with Michael Jackson, performing at Live Aid with Madonna and recording the 1979 hit “Don’t Stop the Music” by Yardbrough & Peoples.…
 
In this week’s episode of The Music History Project, Dan, Mike and Ashley highlight the life and career of record producer, Gail Davies. Being the first female record producer in Nashville was not easy but she was determined to make her mark and she did. She has assisted the careers of hundreds of artists over the years while also writing and recor…
 
Join Dan, Mike and Ashley as they put on their Mickey Mouse ears and celebrate award-winning songwriter Richard Sherman. If you have ever seen a Disney movie or been to one of their parks, odds are you have heard one of the many Sherman Brothers hits. In this episode, Mr. Sherman describes his amazing career with his brother, and discusses writing …
 
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