Vietnam War

Gene Brown joined the Ovation Guitar Company within the first year of the company’s establishment in 1966. After serving in the United States Army during Vietnam, Gene was immediately offered a job in the shipping department. The Ovation Guitar Company is located in New Hartford, Connecticut, and...
Earl Bryant has enjoyed a long career in the music business with a good many years related to artists within the Motown family.  As a concert manager, Earl has worked with Smokey Robinson for many years and has many fond memories of working with the legendary singer and songwriter performing all...
Bob Casey enjoyed a long career in pro audio and radio. It all began when he was four years old when he saw the large sound cones on his father’s truck. His father formed Edward P. Casey’s Sound System Company and became one of the early inventors of PA (Public Address) systems in New York. Over...
Larry Fresch has worked by day as a sales manager for piano and organ companies and by night as an accomplished saxophone player and singer in Southern California. He grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, where his father had a music retail store. Young Larry began playing the accordion before switching to...
Buddy Harman Jr. has followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, Buddy Harman, one of the most influential drummers in Nashville history. Since his father’s passing in 2008, Buddy Jr. and his brother Murrey, have been active in several projects and programs that have continued the legacy of...
Bob King worked at Hal’s Music in Mountain View, California after returning from Vietnam in the early 1970s.  He was introduced to the wholesaling side of the industry and soon gained a job as a rep for Coast Wholesale.  He stayed with the company for over 20 years and was there when Kaman Music...
Larry Moudy sang and played the guitar for the musical group Up With People beginning in 1967. After being drafted and serving in the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne, Larry returned to the group to sing, play, and help manage the tours. In 1975, he was hired by Fender back in the CBS days and...
John Stavish and his sister took over the music company their parents established in the early 1950s.  John recalls the first milestone of the business was when it moved out of the family home into a real store front.  Over the years, he has been instrumental in growing the product line as well as ...
Peter Yarrow is the Peter in the wildly successful popular folk music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. During his often musical NAMM Oral History interview, Peter spoke of the role music played during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as well as the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. The...