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Tut Taylor was a world renowned Dobro player, but did you know he partnered with George Gruhn and the two hired Randy Wood to form a music store in Nashville?  Gruhn Guitars began as GTR, which was an abbreviation for George, Tut and Randy, when it opened in the 1970s.

Otis Taylor can remember saving long and hard to purchase his first banjo from a small store in Denver, Colorado as a child.  The instrument led him on a career path of playing blues and roots music that has supported him most of his life.  He picked up the guitar and harmonica and toured the United States and Europe before trying his hand as an antique dealer.  He returned to

Bryce Taylor is one of the best known and respected bandmasters in the state of Texas. His school bands have performed at the Midwest Band Clinic, TMEA, and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association (TBA). His close relations with music dealers have made Mr. Taylor a role model for up and coming music directors who are encouraged by Mr. Taylor’s success.

Billy Taylor was first and foremost a jazz pianist. This fact might surprise some people who knew Billy best for one of a number of other careers he enjoyed in music, including teaching, composing and advocating for music education. As a jazz performer, Billy learned from the best including Ben Webster and Mary Lou Williams.

Don Teach is the owner of Shreveport Music store, which was once run by his father. While his father guided the store it was mainly a Hammond dealer and became one of the first to offer Yamaha instruments. By the mid 1960s, he was asked to carry guitars for players who did not want to travel to Dallas for gear.

John Tedeschi started playing music again when his son took up the saxophone in the school band and needed someone to practice improvisation with. John had been playing the guitar since high school for fun, and playing with his son gave him the itch for more. He began buying more gear, practicing more, and when he retired he found the Museum of Making Music.

Denny Tedesco archived his father’s career as a noted studio musician in Los Angeles in the award winning documentary, The Wrecking Crew. Tommy Tedesco, along with other top rated studio musicians in LA in the 1960s and 70s, have been called The Wrecking Crew, which Denny used as the title of his film.

David Teegarden, the drummer for the Silver Bullet Band and noted recording engineer, was among the first musicians to be interviewed for the NAMM Resource Center collection.

David Teeple’s first job in the music industry was working for the large Grinnell Brothers chain in the 1960s, based in Michigan. When he was asked to teach guitar, he had to first learn himself! The experience provided him with the passion for music retail.

Joe Teixeira opened a small music store in San Jose, California in 1964.  As the fiftieth anniversary approached in 2013, Joe sat down for his NAMM Oral History interview to begin documenting the contributions of Music Village!  The company has grown to two locations and focuses on teaching, just as Joe did at the very beginning.  The popularity of the guitar in the early 60s h

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