Instrumental Hit Record

Vernon Drane played several musical instruments growing up in Tennessee including the trumpet and saxophone. He later studied instrument repair and spent 68 years (!) working with the Amro Music Company in Memphis. Vernon was also a baritone singer who performed in two church choirs for over 60...
John Durrill has enjoyed a long and successful career in music, which ranged from performing to songwriting!  In 1963, he was a member of the rock band The Five Americans, which enjoyed several hit records including Western Union and I See the Light.  John later joined the instrumental band The...
Duane Eddy has been a strong influence on generations of guitarists and played a key role in making instrumental songs viable as hit makers in popular music. Duane recorded several hit records beginning in the late 1950s, which continued into the 1960s including “Rebel Rouser” and “Boss Guitar.”...
Nokie Edwards was an original member of the Ventures, a rock group of the 1960s that helped popularize instrumental recordings. The band enjoyed several hit records including “Walk Don’t Run.” They remained active during much of the 60s even providing the music to the “Hawaii Five-O” television...
Preston Epps is the percussionist who had a top 20 hit recording in 1959 entitled "Bongo Rock."  The success of the song led to additional recordings and concert tours that forever tied his name with the bongos!  His fascinating career in music included gigs with Count Basie, Ben Pollack and even...
Jimmy Gilmer was born in Chicago, but spent his formative years in Amarillo, Texas. As a singer and guitar player, Jimmy gravitated across state line to Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis, New Mexico made famous by the fact that Buddy Holly recorded there. After a fill-in gig with the Fireballs,...
Will Glover was among the first wave of surf rock guitarists when he formed a band with several friends from high school in 1961.  The Pyramids, the Long Beach, California based rock group had a big instrumental hit with “Penetration” in 1963.  The songs success led to several important...
Herbie Hancock’s career as a musician and performer spans six decades. He was a member of the legendary Miles Davis Quintet and super group Weather Report, and gave the world “Head Hunters” (jazz’s first platinum album) and other crossover hits such as the Grammy winning “Rockit.” Interestingly...
Gary Hoey is a fantastically gifted guitar player who continues to inspire fans around the world. Honing and perfecting his chops on the East Coast, Gary’s talent was recognized early on by Ozzy Osbourne who invited him out to California to audition. That introduction was the springboard that...
Randy Holden was a teenager when he formed a rock and blues band in Pennsylvania called The Iridescents.  The core of that band moved to California to follow the wave of emerging Surf instrumental bands and formed The Fender IV.  The band recorded several songs that have since played an important...

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