Keyboards

AR Rahman can be thought of as the Quincy Jones of Indian Music!  His love and passion for music began when he was exposed to electronic keyboards thanks to his father.  He was proud to be among the first in India to purchase many early synthesizers including the Yamaha DX-7.  As he grew as an...
Cecil Ramirez started in the music industry in retail, at the Music Box in Lodi, California.  He created a keyboard studio feel within the store in1983, which was an exciting time of technological advances in electronic instrumentation.  Cecil remembers the early days of MIDI and the synthesizer...
Don Randi is among the most noted studio musicians that came out of Los Angeles during the famous Wall of Sound era.  Don was a member of the Wrecking Crew and played keyboards on countless hit recordings.  When listening to the Beach Boy's famous Pet Sounds album, you will hear Don’s piano and...
Howard Reitzes was brought up on classical piano but found a true passion for playing when he discovered the Blues. After trying his hand at the guitar, Howard fell in love with keyboards when he saved up and purchased a Vox Super Continental Keyboard. At 15, he put together his first Blues band...
Tom Rhea was hired by David Van Koevering to sell Moog Modular Systems when the Minimoog was being introduced. As a result, Tom was there to witness the major impact that Bob Moog's products had both on the industry, and music as well. Tom was commissioned to write the Minimoog Model D Owner's...
Dan Rodowicz was encouraged at an early age to play music.  His parents arranged piano lessons, which led to trombone, which was the instrument of his beloved uncle. Dan was influenced by the music around him growing up in Philadelphia, which inspired him to play the organ.  In 1976 he won a local...
Jeff Rona played a critical role in the coming together of the minds and companies that would agree on the MIDI specs back in the 1980s. The meetings took place at NAMM shows over several years and included Dave Smith, members of Yamaha and Roland to name a few. Jeff was the founder and past...
Alan Rosen sat down for his first interview for the NAMM Oral History program in January 2014.  It was a special occasion as it was Alan’s 30th anniversary of his first show and his 30th winter show, as he has not missed one since first attending!  Capturing this interview was also important for...
Bob Rosenthal began his career in the music business working with Curt Carter and Bob Hill in San Diego.  The Organ Exchange was the learning grounds for Bob and many other salesmen who went on to form their own stores around the country.  Bob later worked for Accent Music in Arcadia before helping...
Dave Rossum and Scott Wedge attended college together and soon developed a few clever ways of combining their engineering training with their passion for music. They began creating sound controllers for the boom of synthesizers hitting the market in the 1970s. While supplying a growing number of...

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