Oral History -
Lou Rosenthal started playing drums at an early age, eventually playing in bands in Southport Merseyside. Later, after purchasing a Ludwig drum kit, he moved into a more serious group and landed the job as the drummer with the rock band Export after winning the ‘Battle of the Bands’. While with the group, Lou recorded live on the BBC.
Cathy MacLaughlin started learning to play guitar when she was only 8 years old, taking lessons from her brother on his Hofner guitar which was purchased from Rushworths on the Wirral across the Mersey river made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers in the movie Ferry Across the Mersey.
Will Woo started playing in rock groups at an early age as did his brother, Allan. Allan and Will played in the band, Hamster Farm and in 1980, Will joined the UK chart topping synth band, A Flock of Seagulls. He went on to get a dream job in a local music store, Frets, where he set up guitars as well as sold various acoustic instruments.
Ozzie Yue started a group with school friends who later went on to be known as the band, The Hideaways. The Liverpool based band played in the Cavern more times than the Beatles – in fact they played the Cavern five times in one day! Besides playing for the Hideaways, Ozzie also performed in the bands The Merseybeats and Supercharge.
Being a woman in the music industry has not always been easy. These woman innovators have not only broken the glass ceiling but helped paved the way for others to follow.
Albie Donnelly started playing saxophone at an early age and played with Merseybeat groups in Liverpool, England. He was then signed to Virgin Records with his group, Supercharge, which he formed in 1974 with drummer, Dave Irving. Their first album, released on the Stag label, was titled Between Music and Madness.
Billy Butler started in the early 1960s singing with the Merseybeats group, The Tuxedos, having also sang with The Merseybeats and even performed on the same stage as The Beatles. He soon became a celebrity in Liverpool, becoming the resident DJ at the Cavern and working with Bob Wooler. He went on to work for the BBC on Radio Merseyside for over thirty years.
Ryan Hewitt grew up following his father, David, on musical adventures that took them around the world. David Hewitt is the award-winning mobile recording engineer who passed down his passion for music and audio to Ryan. Ryan’s career focuses on recording engineering in the studio and mixing. He was mentored by Phil Ramone and Rick Rubin.
Robert Hobbs is very proud of his father’s role in music. His father, Revis Hobbs, was a radio engineer for station WSM and later created the r/f switch for radio frequency stability. In 1962, Glenn Snoddy asked Revis to provide the circuit board and box for the Fuzz Tone, an idea Glenn had to create a guitar effect pedal.
Arthur Sloatman was working at Valley Sound in Los Angeles when he was called to the Record Plant to repair a synthesizer that required attention during a session with Frank Zappa. Later when Frank had a question while learning the Linn Drum Machine and other synths, he called on Art to help.