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Akio Hiyoshi

Akio Hiyoshi was on the engineering team at Yamaha in 1959 that designed the Electone Organ, which brought the small piano manufacturer into the electronic musical instrument market, where they would become dominant for...

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones!  Quincy Jones.  How can you write a few sentences to describe Quincy Jones?  His long and amazing career in music has produced the soundtrack to many of our own life experiences and his...

Mitsuo Kasahara

Mitsuo Kasahara served as the first president of Yamaha Corporation of America after setting up the branch office in Southern Califorina in 1961.  Three years earlier he established the first Yamaha office in...

Hirokazu Kato

Hirokazu Kato took part in the innovative engineering team at Yamaha in Japan who utilized FM Synthesis to create 
An electronic musical instrument, first the TRX prototype and then the revolutionary DX7....

Sanjiro Kawamorita

Sanjiro Kawamorita was drafted into the Japanese Army during World War II. He served under S Kawai who hired 
Kamoeda-San and other soldiers from his unit after the war.  He remained with the piano...

Ken Oda

Ken Oda was hired by Yamaha in 1967 to run their retail store in San Francisco, California.  He continued to work for the company until his retirement at which point he joined Fender Musical Instruments.  ...

Ryoichi Sasaki

Ryoichi Sasaki was hired by Yamaha in 1967 working in the method book division.  In 1978, he formed his own publishing company, Rittor Music, which focuses on producing music-themed magazines, including guitar and...

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NAMM Annual In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2013

This video is of our annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of our members and music industry friends who passed away in 2012 and early 2013.  This Tribute was shown for the first time at the NAMM Show in Anaheim,...

NAMM In Memoriam Industry Tribute 2012

This video is of our annual NAMM Tribute, created in honor of our members and music industry friends who passed away in 2012.  This Tribute was shown for the first time at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in January...

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