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Marty Baxter

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. When...

Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew had the NAMM attendees on their feet when he joined the All Star Guitar Night in Nashville 2003. Perhaps the feelings were more than just an appreciation for his music as many NAMM members in the audience...

Jackie Bertone

Jackie Bertone knows firsthand about the power of music.  As a percussionist for countless recording dates and live performances, Jackie has added the sounds, the feel and the color that puts the song in motion and...

Frank DeVille

Frank DeVille grew up in New Jersey and recalls the many musical instrument stores he visited as a kid, dreaming of becoming a famous musician and his favorite guitar.  As his professional career developed he...

Lita Ford

Lita Ford asked her father to use his old reel to reel tape machine as an amp for her newly purchased electric guitar.  With a little soldering, she transformed the tape machine and set out on her next gig. ...

Dave Gantz

Dave Gantz watched the Beatles on TV and at once he knew he wanted to play bass.  Dave had many interesting adventures in music throughout the 1960s including attending Woodstock.  He later found a job at...

David Gold

David Gold created a special formula that became the key factor in the echo chamber of his Hollywood recording studio called Gold Star.  The studio was filled with furniture and electronic machines that David built...

Peter Hix

Peter Hix loves the ukulele.  Well, he loves every instrument but does have an extra fondness and appreciation for the ukulele.  He was exposed to music from the very beginning, growing up in the music studio...

Peter Janis

Peter Janis played in school orchestra and rock bands growing up as his mother played piano in the home and encouraged him to pursue music.  His first job in the industry was working at Steve's Music store in...

Ella Jenkins

Ella Jenkins earned the title The First Lady of Children's Folk Songs and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to bringing music to children.  She began collecting and writing folk songs as a...

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