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Craig Yarbrough worked alongside his brother Tony and sister Phyllis (his younger sister joined them later) in running the music store they established in Memphis to serve the working musician.  The all-in-the-family store soon developed a special role in the industry, which focused on audio and pro audio installations.  Craig served both Yarbrough Music as well as Memphis Audi

Tony Yarbrough’s love of music led to buying a music store in Memphis that was closing and renaming it Yarbrough Music, which soon became a hub for musicians in and around town.  He took an interest in audio and pro audio installations and created a division of the store called Memphis Audio.  Memphis Audio has earned a strong reputation for innovative solutions and quality ser

Peter Yarrow is the Peter in the wildly successful popular folk music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. During his often musical NAMM Oral History interview, Peter spoke of the role music played during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, as well as the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. The inspiration of Pete Seeger was clearly at the core of his love for folk music and h

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

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

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.

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.

Andrew York has a powerful way of expressing himself, by using his words and his music. With his articulate delivery, he provides a special insight into the drive of playing and composing the music that is within him.

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