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Frank DeVille grew up in New Jersey and recalls the many musical instrument stores he visited as a kid, dreaming of becoming a famous musician and his favorite guitar.  As his professional career developed he played with many top acts, had his own bands and became an award winning songwriter –all...
Albie Donnelly started playing saxophone at an early age and played with Merseybeat groups in Liverpool, England. He was then signed to Virgin Records with his group, Supercharge, which he formed in 1974 with drummer, Dave Irving. Their first album, released on the Stag label, was titled Between...
Sheila E sat down for her NAMM Oral History interview to discuss the importance of music and music education, as well as her early musical experiences.  She has always believed her earliest exposure to music, such as watching her father and his friends, proved integral in her development as an...
Elliot Easton often visited Grayson's Music in Long Island, New York as a kid. He ordered his first custom left handed electric guitar from Mr. Grayson, who always treated Elliot with kindness. Years later, after Elliot's rock band, The Cars, had notoriety, he reunited with Mr. Grayson at a NAMM...
Rick Estrin and Charles Baty started playing blues together and decided to form a group in 1976.  They brought in two other players and called themselves Little Charlie & the Nightcats.  They began touring and soon began to feature at many of the top blues festivals.  Ten years later they cut...
Gaz Gaskell has fond memories of playing for AKG at the Frankfurt MusikMesse in the 1990s. These gigs were among several booth performances Gaz took part of as a product endorser, which throughout the years included such brands as Maxima Guitar Strings, Bobby Dukoff Mouthpieces, and Hohner...
Stu Hamm attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he credits a good deal of his understanding for creating his own style as a bassist.  During that time Stu met several musicians who were key to his early career including Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.  His impact on the bass has been...
Bob Henrit has been a regular artist at music trade shows all around the world for decades.  As a top rated drummer who has performed with many bands and stars over the years, Bob has endorsed several drum and accessory companies over his career.  As a result, he is not only well known to the NAMM...
Ledward Kaapana grew up in Hawaii with his twin brother, surrounded by musical passion.  His parents, grandparents and several aunts and uncles played and sang, and Ledward can recall his excitement when he was asked to play along with the ukulele.  As he grew he played in several local bands and...
Tony Lovello began playing accordion when he was five years old, thanks to the fact that his father was a professional musician.  Tony performed on stage, television, radio and in the movies, along with teaching and selling the accordion.  He was an early adapter of the Roland electric accordion...

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