Jimi Hendrix

Billy Cox played bass alongside Jimi Hendrix as a member of Band of Gypsies. Besides his work with Hendrix, Billy recorded alongside the likes of Sam Cooke, Charlie Daniels, Little Richard, and Etta James. Starting out by learning the piano, then playing the violin, trumpet, and finally finding the...
Jim Salzer opened his first store in 1966 with a focus on selling records. At the time Jim was a concert promoter in Southern California and really understood what teenagers and young adults were interested in hearing. His concerts involved acts such as The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and The Grateful...
Tony Bongiovi opened Power Station Studios in New York in the early 1970s, which helped define a few eras of recordings. The studio, which became a mainstay in the industry, was created after Tony worked for Motown for several years and recorded the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Tony also designed several...
Chuck Tennin began his career as a recording engineer's assistant, which led to his own engineering gigs beginning in the 1960s.  Along the way, Chuck learned firsthand the importance of a good song and in encouraging and protecting songwriters and their craft.  As a result, Chuck formed the music...
Anthony Macari is the Managing Director of the music shop in London, England named by his father.  Macari’s Musical Instruments first opened in 1958 and was established by Joe and Larry Macari.  Anthony’s father, Joe, played a key role in the growth of the shop, which today has two locations (one...
Rikki Farr has been an active member of the audio engineering community most of his life and as such has been involved in countless innovations along the way.  With Rikki’s incredible career in mind, it would take a page just to list the fields he has been involved with such as concert promotions,...
Greg Koch is well known in guitar circles for his series of method books that have encouraged thousands to play or to improve their playing abilities!  Among his most noted books are “Blues Guitar,” “Guitar Licks, and the three-book set of “Guitar Method”,all published by Hal Leonard.  As a...
Jimmy Vivino wanted to be a blues guitarist when he first heard “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix!  He has since been a successful musician both on stage and in the studios. He and his brother played the Crown Lounge in New Jersey (Jimmy on B-3) and backed up all the groups that came to club, such as the...
Todd Rundgren was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program the same day he was presented with inducted into the TEC Awards Hall of Fame.  His visit to the NAMM show was his first in many years, however back in the 1970s and 80s Todd was often seen as a product endorser for string and guitar...
Eddie Kramer is perhaps best known as the recording engineer for Jimi Hendrix, but he also worked for the Beatles and countless other performers during his long career.  Eddie is also a clever innovator who has designed products and tools that have solved problems for recording engineers over the...

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