Home Organ Boom

C. Darby Fulton’s father opened a music store, which seemed the perfect place for Darby growing up. He enjoyed the business and worked with his father as the company grew into 26 locations during the boom of the home organ craze in the 1960s. Having been a music retailer for years Darby became a...
Paul Graves began delivering pianos in 1957 up in Minnesota before moving to Alabama where he continued to deliver.  He soon discovered that he would make more money if he sold the pianos and the love of selling soon took hold.  In 1960, Paul opened his first piano store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He...
Mike Greene is the president of Greene Music in San Diego, California, a store he started with his father in 1974.  Mike grew up in the business and recalls dressing up like a circus barker to help his dad sell chord organs at state fairs.  After the boom of the home organ, Mike focused on pianos...
Kevin Hague is the Managing Director and founder of Australasian Music Supplies. He started his wholesale business in 1978 and grew it to become one of the biggest in the country. Australasian Music Supplies, known as AMS, all started when Kevin began importing the Zachary Organ from New Zealand...
Charles Hale had an idea to hire a monkey to show how an easy-play organ could be operated by anyone. The hysterically funny ads were one of a million clever ideas Hale used in selling keyboard instruments. As the founder of Hale’s Piano and Organ Company in Florida, he established himself as a...
Robert Hill became the president of the Organ Exchange shortly after it was established by Curt Carter. Together the two men worked long and hard at creating a business model that would forever change the organ boom of the 1970s in America. The chain, largely based in Southern California, drew upon...
Don Holcombe owned and operated several music stores during his long career. Among the most noted stores were those he opened with fellow salesman Russell Lindquist in and around Houston under the name Holcombe-Lindquist Piano and Organ. The stores played a big part in the home organ boom of the...
Kazuo Ishibashi spent over 25 years in the Special Equipment Division of JVC (Japan Victor Corporation) and headed their musical instrument engineering section.  JVC marketed electronic organs and portable keyboards in Japan under the "Victron" label and exported them under the "JVC" brand. In the...
Carol Jones-Zadel has introduced new organs and keyboard products to music dealers around the world for over 30 years. Her sharp technical abilities made her a favorite with manufactures and her warm, down-to-Earth personality made her among the most requested product artists in the industry. After...
Keith Jorgensen opened a piano-focused retail store in the Salt Lake City area that would grow to 13 stores in three states!  Keith Jorgensen Piano Centers were all run by Keith until his retirement, when his children took over.  During his long career, Keith was a retail leader who created several...

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