Oral History -
Lester Abrams is the songwriter who teamed up with Michael McDonald to pen the Doobie Brothers hit "Minute by Minute." As a teenager and playing drums, Lester's first band was the El Doradoe. He later switched to keyboard and after playing with a few other bands landed in the innovative band Crackin' beginning in 1974. His work with Michael McDonald soon followed and by the
Richard Abreau played music in school as a kid but got away from it during most of his professional career. Then in 2001, upon his retirement, Richard returned to music! Encouraged by a friend, he walked into Music Village and soon became one of the store’s greatest promoters! The store was established by Joe Teixeina in 1964 and has served the greater San Jose area ever sin
Gus Acevedo is the owner of the International House of Music in downtown Los Angeles, a store that first opened in 1902. Gus purchased the store from the Schireson Brothers and over the last thirty years he and his business partner, Oscar Naranjo, have focused a great deal of their energy and staff training on customer service.
Ken Achard played such an important part of the industry that he was asked to write a book. The book entitled “The Peavey Revolution” was released in 2005 and covers Ken’s long association with the innovative company and its founder. Ken met Hartley Peavey in 1972, who entrusted Ken to open up the UK operations of the Peavey Company. The task did not come without challenges, but as Ken put it, “It was a great opportunity to be a part of something big.
Tony Acosta had a dream to make the world’s finest classical guitar strings. He began working nights to perfect his product and build relationships within the industry and slowly gathered the needed equipment.
Cliff Acred began playing music in junior high school and later majored in music in college. He played in the 3rd Army Band out of Atlanta while in the service and once out returned home to Memphis. Cliff was hired to play bass in the house bands for Sun Records and later for Stax Records. At the same time he operated the American Music Store with his friend Jack Hale. When
Mike Adams is a sound designer and engineer that has been in the pro audio industry servicing southern California since the 1970s. Seeing the need for sound reinforcement during changing times, he left his band to join Silverfish Audio which was founded in Rochester, New York in 1971 and now known as Sound Image located in Escondido, California.
Paul Adams began his career as a piano technician in New Jersey after earning his degree in music at Rutgers University in 1972. Soon after establishing his business, Paul joined the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) to learn all he could about his profession. Within a few years it was Paul who was teaching classes and helping grow the guild. He earned his Registered Piano Techn
Mike Adams has a background in mechanical engineering as well as manufacturing, which seemed to fit perfectly when he began working with Bob Moog back in 2002. Bob was looking to expand his small company and to finally complete work on the Minimoog Voyager, which he has been working on for several years.
Edna Adams has been a mentor to many within the music publishing and music retail business since first entering the industry in the early 1970s. She joined Charlie Hansen Music Publishing and Warner Brothers Publishing for which she traveled to dealers around the country.