Oral History -
Mac Yasuda played country music at an early age and fell in love with the style. He organized a band in Japan dedicated to country music. As his audiences grew, Mac was being asked more and more about where they too could get the type of guitars he was playing. He soon began dealing in musical instruments and was a leader in collecting vintage guitar instruments, especially
Abigail Ybarra was hired to work in the Fender factory back in 1956; just years after the famous electric guitar company released the Stratocaster. She conveyed in her interviews that the early years of the company were very exciting and that she and the rest of the factory workers were very proud of the popularity of the instruments that they were making.
This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with Abigail Ybarra, which was captured on August 9, 2009. For her biography and web clip, please follow the link: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/abigail-ybarra
Dolores Yeager was the CEO of the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California, which her late husband, Bob, opened in 1959. Bob teamed with Chuck Molinari to establish a store that would provide gear for the working musician in and around Hollywood. The store soon became the drummers hang out and the likes of Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Louis Bellson and Joe Morello, all of
Tom Yeager’s father opened the Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood, California in 1959, which not only became the location of many family memories but his first job sweeping up. After a successful career as an auto mechanic, Tom joined the family business to work with his parents, Bob and Dolores and his two older brothers Stan and Jerry. In 1963, Bob also created a music pub
Yuichiro Yokouchi was once referred to as "the world's largest guitar maker" by a music magazine, a tag line he has liked to use over the years. His OEM guitar factory in Japan was responsible for over 15,000 guitars a month at the peek of the Beatle boom of the 1960s.
Chip Young was one of the best known recording session guitarists in Nashville. His thumb picking style can be heard on countless recordings and hundreds of hit records made in Nashville between the early 1960s into the 2000s. One of his longest associations was with Elvis Presley. He began recording with Elvis in 1965, continuing until Elvis's passing in 1977.
Dr. Carlton Young has had a most interesting career as an editor and arranger of church music for hymnals and for music publishers such as Hope Music. His passion for church music began in his childhood and continued to grow and develop after college. He served as editor for two editions of the United Methodist’s Hymnal, first in 1966 and again in 1989. His work with Hope includes “Music of the Heart” in 1995 and “Our Lives Be Praise” in 1990.
This is the full length NAMM Oral History interview with Snooky Young, which was captured on October 18, 2005. For his biography and web clip, please follow the link: https://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/snooky-young
Rick Young has spent over 20 years with Yamaha making several important contributions to the Pro Audio Division and Band Instrument Division. Rick has also played a vital role in the Music Achievement Council providing his background and passion for music to enhance successful programs and initiatives, which have assisted in strengthening the music products industry.