Popular Music

Michael Brettler is the current president of Shapiro, Bernstein & Company, which has been in his family for four generations.  Michael’s interview was completed on the 100th anniversary of the famed music publisher’s beginnings in New York City.  Over the years, Shapiro, Bernstein & Company...
Carol Buschmann grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where she joined the all girls singing group the Chordettes just a year after it was formed in 1947. She stayed with the group until they disbanded in the early 1960s after having several top selling albums and two hit records in the 1950s including “...
Chuggy Carter has performed drums and percussion for a number of top performers over his long and fascinating career.  Equally noted to his musicianship by those who worked with Chuggy is his smile and approachable personality.  “Part of my job is to create a relaxing situation for the performers...
John Clauder played drums and percussion in the LA recording studios in the 1950s, 60s and 70s and can be heard on many hits, such as those produced by Phil Spector. John played in front of and behind the camera on dozens of TV shows and movies during his career, which he enjoyed very much. Deeply...
Lou Curtiss was a long time supporter of American folk music and in fact, he helped coin the phrase “roots music.” For over 30 years he created, arranged and promoted the annual folk music festival in San Diego beginning in 1967. Lou also hosted a jazz radio program as well as running his rare...
Hal David followed in the footsteps of his older brother Mack, who penned several popular songs in the 1930s and 40s. Hal worked hard to learn the craft and spent many years in and around the Brill Building in New York, which was the hub of music publishing in America at the time. After a number of...
Valerie Day became a pop star in the 1980s when she and her husband formed the band Nu Shooz.  Their first big hit, "I Can't Wait" helped define the synth-heavy sound of the era, as well as establish the band as a hit maker.  They charged with several other songs and continue to record and perform...
Barry De Vorzon began writing songs as a teenager and had several hits during his long career.  Among his top charters were two hit instrumental songs, the theme for the television show SWAT and the second, the theme for the soap opera The Young and the Restless, which was also known as “Nadia's...
Milton DeLugg wrote many remarkable and popular songs such as "Orange Blossom Sky," recorded by Nat King Cole. He wrote TV theme songs and stacks of movie music. All the while, he was working with and becoming friends with the great American tunesmiths, being one of them himself. Luckily for our...
Martin Denny cornered the market on the musical style of the early 1950s known as exotica. The smooth melody of the songs were enhanced by hundreds of different tropical sounding instruments, jungle noises and the call of birds. Martin began his musical career as a composer and piano playing...

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