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The Music History Project podcast

The Music History Project

NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Ashley Allison 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.

NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Ashley Allison 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.

 

#111

Ep. 111 - V - Discs

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 played over the PA system of his ship. We will also hear from a musician who was played on several of these records and a retailer in Europe who remembers selling them after the war ended. ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:27

20 Oct 2021


#110

Ep. 110 - Larry Ramirez

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 Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie - many of whom have become close friends! ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:50

06 Oct 2021


#109

Ep. 109 - Studio Design

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 including in an old bank, post office, barn or even on wheels. We also learned first-hand how attention to detail during the process results in a safe and comfortable space for the performer to make the most of their recording. ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

1 HR 24 MINS

1:24:18

22 Sep 2021


#108

Ep. 108 - Earth Wind Fire

Do you remember the 21st night of September? Because we sure do! Join Dan, Mike and Ashley on this week’s episode of The Music History Project as we celebrate the iconic Earth, Wind & Fire with interviews from bassist Verdine White, keyboardist Larry Dunn and percussionist Ralph Johnson. ... Read more

08 Sep 2021

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:28

08 Sep 2021


#107

Ep. 107 - Don Lewis

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 Electronic Orchestra). ... Read more

25 Aug 2021

1 HR 10 MINS

1:10:12

25 Aug 2021


#106

Ep. 106 - Sam Cooke

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 John Moore who were inspired by him. ... Read more

11 Aug 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:58

11 Aug 2021


#105

Ep. 105 - Benjamin Scheuer

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” and shares the stories behind them. ... Read more

28 Jul 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:54

28 Jul 2021


#104

Ep. 104 - Synth Pioneers

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, John Chowning, Suzanne Ciani, Bob Moog and Malcolm Cecil. ... Read more

14 Jul 2021

1 HR 53 MINS

1:53:45

14 Jul 2021


#103

Ep. 103 - Evolution of FOH

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 Scott Rodgers, Karrie Keyes, Buford Jones, Baja Fletcher, as well as the founders of Roadies of Color United, Bill Reeves and Lance Jackson. ... Read more

30 Jun 2021

2 HR 13 MINS

2:13:17

30 Jun 2021


#102

Ep. 102 - Industry Heroes - Pickups

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. ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

1 HR 24 MINS

1:24:47

16 Jun 2021


#101

Ep. 101 - Innovators of Steel Guitar

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 iconic musicians Junior Brown, Paul Franklin and Chuck Campbell. ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

1 HR 37 MINS

1:37:19

02 Jun 2021