Library - In Memoriam

Remembering oral history interviewees who have passed away.

Bob Shane was among the most influential performers of the folk music boom of the late 1950s and 60s.  As an original member of the Kingston Trio, Bob was at the cornerstone of the American folk explosion that helped define a generation and inspired millions to make music by pick

Marty Baxter entertained the troops during World War II as a member of a singing quartet.  While with bands, such as Frankie Master’s Orchestra, she not only sang but arranged the four part harmonies.

Sheldon Sazant began working for Steve's Music in Canada in 1978.  What he recalls as his first impression of the store was the very tall, big, red-bearded owner, Steve.  Steve was bigger than life and when Sheldon got to know him, he discovered Steve was a teddy

Karl Hoyer was born in Schönbach/Luby in the Czech Republic to a family of violin makers. As a child, he helped in his father’s workshop, and in 1944, went to the school of violin making in Schönbach where music lessons were part of the curriculum.

Bob Saunders began working in the accounting department for Kaman Corporation.  He was asked by the company’s founder, Charlie, to work with his son Bill for the Kaman Music Corporation.  After Bill retired, Bob took over as CEO and President of Kaman Music and ran the company fo

Allee Willis wrote a number of successful songs that have become part of the fabric of pop music.

 Scott Anderson was among the renowned sales representatives at Wurlitzer during the iconic company’s heyday.  When Wurlitzer “meant music to millions” (to use their famous slogan) Scott had established long-lasting relationships with many of the top selling dealers for the company.  1954 was the first of 34 years with the company and since that time Scott remains one of the most respected and known reps in the industry.  In 2003, Scott teamed with several other former Wurlitzer employees

Emil Richards played a significant role in the expanded use and knowledge of world percussion instruments.

Gershon Kingsley composed several hit recordings using the Moog synthesizer in the very early days of electronic music. His mega hit “Popcorn” in 1969 led to a series of pioneering electronic recordings by Gershon, including “God is a Moog” and “Belly Buttons,” which featured a Fairlight synthesizer. 

Stu Goldberg established Marina Music in San Francisco at the beginning of the guitar boom.  The folk music craze was in full swing and the Beatles just hit the USA and within a few months Stu opened his own music store.  His small store had a very big impact on the music industr

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