Art Ritchie grew up in East Rochester, New York in the same part of town that Elmer Brooks grew up. Elmer would later hire Art becoming one of his mentors in the music industry. After serving in the military, Art returned to East Rochester in 1960 and joined the sales team at Aeolian Piano Company. As a sales rep his territory was largely in New England. As Aeolian expanded in the 1960s, the piano factory was moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Art moved in 1973 to become the sales manager. He remained in that position until the factory closed in 1985.
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