Songwriting-Composition

Arthur Lee Williams was only five years old when his uncle brought over a harmonica for him as a gift.  Arthur took to the harmonica right away and made his career playing it and singing the blues.  While recording with Sonny Boy Williamson, Arthur learned to create new sounds as Sonny Boy did and...
Paul Williams is the actor turned songwriter who penned several of the most popular songs since the late 1960s.  His hits include "Rainy Days and Mondays", "We've Only Just Begun" and the classic for the Muppets, "Rainbow Connection."  Paul has also been active within ASCAP, serving as the...
Gerald Wilson was among the great arrangers of jazz, beginning back in the swing era when he worked for the famed Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. He established a distinctive style rich in melodic phrases and tasty rhythms, which stood out among the most stylish jazz arrangements. The impressive list...
Toni Wine can be heard singing the line “I can make your life so sweet” as one of the Archies on the 1969 hit record “Sugar, Sugar.”  As a songwriter she wrote her first song when she was 14 years old and went on to be hired by music publishers to write hit songs such as “A Groovy Kind of Love,” “...
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...
Mike Wofford has enjoyed a long and acclaimed career in music. As a jazz pianist, Mike has performed with many legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, Quincy Jones, Shelly Manne, Zoot Sims and Sassy Sarah Vaughan. He pays remarkable attention to details and understands the role as an...
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...
Weird Al Yankovic built his career upon creating parodies of hit songs, with a special focus on incorporating his beloved accordion.  Al began recording his silly songs on tape and mailing them into the Dr. Demento radio program.  Once his songs were gaining popularity, Al expanded his band and...
This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Trummy Young was a noted jazz trombonist who performed and recorded with the likes of Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.  While playing with the Jimmie...
Siwei Zou is the founder and president of sE Electronics International Inc.  He was born in Shanghai, China and began playing at an early age.  Siwei was focused on western classical music and composed both classical and popular music during the early part of his career.  He played at the famed...

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