Keyboards

Ray Williams grew up in the Caribbean. His father, a police officer, played music during his time off of work. Ray’s brother played guitar, Ray picked up the bass, and he was always encouraged by his father to make music. At an early age, Ray focused his music making around the computer, which...
Hartmut Willms is the President of Piano Willms, a firm established by his grandfather and his two brothers back in 1912.  Hartmut’s grandfather enjoyed building pianos and created the Willms brand of instruments as well as manufactured other brands over the years.  After World War II, Hartmut’s...
Tom Wilson might have been among the most-suggested people to be included in the NAMM Oral History Program!  Suggestions came from those who worked with him over the years who gained respect for his abilities, fairness and friendship!  Tom worked with Yamaha in Texas as the Direct Sales Manager,...
Johnnie Wilson has been involved with music in his church his entire life. He has performed at weddings and church services for many years. So, it seemed like a natural progression to open a music store to provide music to others. Johnnie and his wife are among the very few African-American music...
Shenae Wilson loves providing a musical instrument in the lives of the young children who come into her store. She feels blessed that she and her husband work so closely with local churches and that they play a role in the worship music created in their customer churches. As founders of Keyboard...
Edgar Winter grew up in a musical family, his older brother being the blues legend Johnny Winter.  Edgar played in several of his brother’s bands before forming his own bands, always with a focus on rock and roll.  He pioneered the synthesizer in many settings and is the inventor of the keyboard...
Sonny Wittkopp studied business in college and landed a job as a bookkeeper for a local music store in Washington state. This experience generated a great passion for the music industry which resulted in Sonny opening the Hammond Organ Studios of Spokane in 1962. The store grew along with the home...
Stevie Wonder has earned the title of the "Mayor of the NAMM Show" for his countless visits to the show floor over the years.  He has become an important part of the music products industry not only in promoting new technologies, but in working with companies to design and improve instruments. ...
Bobby Wood enjoyed playing the organ as a child growing up in church in northern Mississippi. He crafted a well-regarded career as a recording artist and studio artist who is perhaps best known as a member of the Memphis Boys. Beginning in the late 1960s and on into the 1970s, the American...
Bernie Worrell began playing classical music as a small child and it soon led to his life-long passion for music! He met George Clinton, who at the time was leading a Doo-Wop group called The Parliaments. As Bernie experimented with electronic keyboards and synthesizers he teamed with George to pen...

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