Library - In Memoriam

Remembering oral history interviewees who have passed away.

David Magagna had an incredible career selling guitars for some of the biggest names in the industry.  He worked for the government out of high school and attended college in Georgetown before coming into the music industry by way of the C.F.

Snooky Flowers was asked to put a band together to go on the road and travel with a young blues singer named Janis Joplin. As her bandleader he helped to prepare her for road performances. As her friend, he joined her on stage to dance during her appearance at Woodstock.

John Santuccio was a noted orchestra manager, and also spent time as President of the music publishing company, G. Schirmer. John’s deep passion for classical music was a key factor in his success with the New York Philharmonic as well as the Rochester Symphony.

Lynn Sheeley Jr.'s father opened a small piano store in east Tennessee in 1908. After serving in D-Day during World War II, Lynn returned home to work in the store, which he later took over. Along the way, the business grew to four locations, two of which are in Knoxville and tha

Peter Pulham had a distinct place in the history of the music products industry, in part because he helped preserve it!

Robert Averwater’s father, M. J. Averwater taught music, wrote a method book and opened up Amro Music in Memphis, TN, with a fellow music teacher. Robert recalled some of the challenges of the store in the early days after World War II.

Bob Scheiwiller taught music for three years before landing a job at a music store; the very first store he would later purchase. Bob bought and opened several music stores over the years beginning in the early 1970s, with a strong focus on band instruments.

James McDonald was known simply as Boom Boom to his NAMM family. Following in the footsteps of his father, Boom Boom’s career focused on the trade show industry and early on he became involved with the NAMM Show. Soon, he became a part of the organization’s annual events.

George Westjohn was hired by Lowell Samuel to oversee the expansion of Mr. Samuel’s interests in the wholesale music business. Mr.

Bob Rissi was the founder of Risson Amplifier Company, which produces Made-in-America products based on Bob’s own designs.  He began designing amplifiers in 1960 when he was hired by Leo Fender himself.  He later worked at Rickenbacker before forming his own company in 1971.  In

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