Library - In Memoriam

Remembering oral history interviewees who have passed away.

Nokie Edwards was an original member of the Ventures, a rock group of the 1960’s that helped popularize instrumental recordings.

Bud Ross made his first amplifier for his own band in 1958 to save a little money. Within 5 years he had established Kustom Amps, a leader in product design and innovations.

David Leed was born in the United Kingdom where he was hired by Boosey & Hawkes, which sent him to South Africa. While there, David became the General Manager for the Hammond Organ Company, which had a factory for Hammond-- in fact the fourth largest operation for the company in the world.

Bob Bull held many positions throughout the music products industry over his long career. However, he is perhaps best known as the president of the Steinway & Sons piano company during the early 1970s. At the time, Steinway was owned by CBS Musical Instruments.

Bill Causey had a long history of music in his family.  His father was a band director and both his father’s brother and sister were fine musicians.  Bill had great memories of the family dinners being followed by a sing along and music making!  While earning his music education

Nick Nixon and Andy Talamantez formed The Andy-T-Nick Nixon Band, which was based in Nashville. Nick teamed up with guitarist Andy to return to music, which he had left for many years.

Peter B. Smith was a composer and publisher who began his career as a musician in the Queen’s Royal Orchestra and played for the military band in his native England.

Robert Zadel spent nearly 50 years in the organ business working with two of the biggest names in the industry. Bob spent 12 years working as the marketing director for the Conn Organ division during the heyday of the electronic organ.

Ndugu Chancler cut his teeth as a jazz drummer but later expanded his scope to include the blues, pop, soul, and funk.

David Van Koevering worked alongside Bob Moog in the early days of marketing the Minimoog synthesizer. The instrument was the first mass produced synthesizer that produce unique tones, ushering in a new era of electronic music.

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