Do you hear what I hear?

Posted by: on September 12, 2017

What I hear is a very hard to reproduce synthesizer sound on Stevie Wonder's hit "Boogie On Ragge Women". The electric musical instrument used on this song was the The Original New Timbral Orchestra or "TONTO" and was the engineering work of Malcolm Cecil and Bob Margouleff.

Posted by: on September 11, 2017

The opening flute solo on the rock classic "Going Up the Country" by Canned Heat was performed by studio musician Jim Horn.  As a young saxophonist, I noticed Jim's skillful musical talents on a number of my favorite recordings including Elvis Presley's Roustabout movie soundtrack and the Beach Boy's album Pet Sounds.  I was taken by the wide range of soun

Posted by: on September 11, 2017

Do you hear what I hear?  I hear the songwriter Mike Stoller howling at the end of Big Mama Thorton's version (the very first recording of the song, before Elvis) of "Hound Dog." Mike and his partner, Jerry Leiber, who wrote the words, both were on hand for the recording session.  In fact, Mike was playing the piano.  When the rest of Big Mama's blues band howled out at the

Posted by: on September 11, 2017

Do you hear what I hear?  It's a now famous drum beat on "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys. Maybe it has been some time since you paid close attention to the driving drums, but take a listen, you might hear what I hear. I hear studio musician Frank De Vito.

Posted by: Dan Del Fiorentino on October 10, 2016

I often wondered if you will be like me and listen to music or an instrument differently once you hear the story behind it.

Posted by: Dan Del Fiorentino on October 5, 2016

I often wondered if you will be like me and listen to music or an instrument differently once you hear the story behind it.