The Music History Project Podcast
NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Michelle Schedler examine the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 3,000 interviews and is continually growing.
Join us this week for a very special episode celebrating 20 years of the NAMM Oral History Program. We reminisce about some amazing interviews we have conducted over the years including the very first one! We also chat with some current and former colleagues who have played such an important role in getting us to 20 years. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!
This week’s episode is dedicated to Grammy Award winning songwriter Allee Willis. She wrote/co-wrote such hits as “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire, the theme song to Friends “I’ll Be There for You”, the Broadway musical The Color Purple and the “Neutron Dance”.
In this week’s episode we discuss all things synthesizer with Marcus Ryle, who combined his passion of music and technology into an impressive career. Join us as we go from Marcus taking apart his first synthesizer to creating a guitar electronics company, Line 6.
This week’s episode of The Music History Project is all about Mom N’ Pop Shops. These family-owned businesses have made a huge difference in their communities and in the Music Industry as a whole. In this episode, we hear from Marvin and Beverly Maxwell, Nancy and Bill Higgins, Dick and Marilyn Puccio, Tom and Brenda Hebert, Jerry and Bernice Ash, and Jim and Ede Kidder.
Multi Grammy and Emmy winning Composer, Mike Post, is the topic of this week’s episode of The Music History Project. Mike’s discography is vast and includes TV theme songs such as Law & Order, The A-Team and NYPD Blue.
In honor of The 2020 NAMM Show, this week’s episode of The Music History Project is a bit different than usual. In this episode, we will be hearing from NAMM Staff about their favorite NAMM Show memories. Staff members in this episode include: Zach Phillips, André Brousseau, Jessica Duarte, Luke Walton, Michael Mullens, Staci Cohen, Kate Mitchell, B.J.
In part two of The Music History Project’s series on banjos, we listen to a bit of the history of banjo players. Join Dan, Mike and Michelle as they welcome back The Museum of Making Music’s Bill Kilpatrick and hear from some of the banjo greats including: Sonny Osbourne; Michael Doucet; JD Crowe; Pete Seeger and Earl Scruggs.
In this week’s episode of The Music History Project, we take a close look at one of the most unique sounding instruments - the banjo. In part one of this two-part series, we hear from the makers of this fine instrument with a little help from The Museum of Making Music’s own Bill Kilpatrick. This episode features: Greg and Janet Deering, Renee Karnes, Harry Sparks and Bill Rickard.
Musician, Product Endorser and TEC Awards Hall of Fame Inductee, Todd Rundgren, is the topic of this week’s episode of The Music History Project. Join Dan, Mike and Michelle as we hear about Todd’s passion for music, music advocacy and working with NAMM’s President and CEO, Joe Lamond.
In this episode of The Music History Project, we examine the story behind one of Nashville’s most popular set of Studio Musicians - The A-Team. Included in this episode are musicians: Charlie McCoy, Pig Robbins, Wayne Moss, Bob Moore and Buddy Harman.
This week’s episode of The Music History Project features a talented Luthier and Founder of Hamer Guitars, Paul Hamer. Hamer Guitars were seen, heard, and played around the world by acts that included Aerosmith, Bad Company, Blackfoot, Blues Brothers, Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick and countless more.
This week's episode of The Music History Project, Dan, Mike and Michelle hear all about what it's like to be in a big band. This episode includes a few greats from that era such as: Sideman Jonah Jones, Band Leader Alvino Rey, and Vocalists Kenny Gardner and Martha Tilton.
Dan, Mike and Michelle are talking Big Bands in this week’s episode of The Music History Project. In part one of this two part series we will hear from a few Big Band greats such as: John Tumpak, Dick Jurgens, Sammy Nestico and Billy May.
In this week’s episode of The Music History Project, we are highlighting the inventors Peter Vogel and Kim Ryrie. This team tells the story of how they got into business and how they developed and marketed the Fairlight CMI, the world’s first commercial sound-sampling electronic musical instrument.
This year to the day marks the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. The Music History Project team celebrates that anniversary in this podcast with interviews of a few musicians who played there, some of the attendees and of course, the Father of Woodstock, Artie Kornfeld.
In this week's episode of the Music History Project, join Dan, Mike, and Michelle as they dive into the works of some of the most famous songwriting teams in history. Interviews include Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
Columbia Records Engineer, Fred Catero, is the topic of this week’s episode of The Music History Project. Join Dan, Mike and Michelle as we learn about Fred’s remarkable career working with artists such as Bing Crosby, Santana and Janis Joplin.
In this week’s edition of The Music History Project, the team dives into the deep subject of Vintage Guitars. Join Dan, Mike and Michelle as they explore what exactly makes a guitar “vintage” and hear from the top experts within the industry.
In a special Father's Day edition of the podcast, Dan's son Seth joins the team. Seth recounts some of his favorite interviews and adds his unique perspective on the years that he spent attending them with his dad.
Have you ever wondered what exactly makes the Motown sound? Join Dan, Mike and Michelle as they continue with part 2 of The Music History Project’s series on Motown. This week’s episode features Jack Ashford, Phil Ranelin, Allee Willis, Bob Olhsson and Tony Bongiovi.
This week’s episode of The Music History Project is part one of a two-part series celebrating Motown Records. You’ll hear from greats such as Bob Olhsson, Allee Willis, Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier as they explore the history of the label and commemorate some outstanding songwriters.
This week's episode of The Music History Project includes special guest Wolf Marshall, a renowned guitarist, author and teacher. Join Wolf and the gang as we chat about the Blues and reflect on the interviews of Blues legends such as: B.B. King, John Mayall, Quincy Jones, Allen Toussaint, Robert Cray, Arthur Lee Williams and John Dee Holeman.
In this week’s episode of The Music History Project, Dan, Mike and Michelle highlight the life and career of famous writer, teacher and Sitar player Ravi Shankar. Known as the “Godfather of World Music,” Ravi discusses how he got that title and how his love of music developed.
This week the team celebrates the achievements of one of the pioneers in live sound and lighting with an episode dedicated to See Factor founder and Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Bob See.
Join the team as they welcome Rockabilly musician, Deke Dickerson, as their special guest on this week’s episode. Deke talks about the legacy of legends from the world of Rockabilly as well as the impact the genre has had on his musical aspirations and his life.
This week on the Music History Project, the team dives into one of the most important topics for NAMM and the NAMM Foundation - Music Advocacy. Join Dan, Mike, and Elizabeth as they hear from some of the greatest advocates for music education, such as Karl Bruhn, Bernie Williams, Roy Ernst, Brenda Dillon, Scout Houston, Richard Riley, Tim Lautzenheiser, and John Benham.
The Music History Project celebrates the work of the unsung heroes of the music products world, the instrument repair technicians. This episode is dedicated to those technicians and the NAPBIRT organization that works to breathe new life into our long loved and often battered and bruised instruments.
The Music History Project examines the rich heritage of the piano retail industry by utilizing interviews with representation from long standing piano retailers: M. Steinert & Sons, Hollywood Piano, Fletcher Music Centers, and Daynes Music Company, as well as a special segment with “The Music Man” himself, Bob Gray.
Throughout the NAMM Oral History Collection there is one constant - the overwhelming presence of Buddy Holly as a catalyst for inspiration. Dan, Mike, and Elizabeth examine the life and career of Buddy to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his passing. Content features interviews with musicians Sonny Curtis, Don McLean, Brian Setzer, Tommy Roe, Eric Burdon, and Sound Techniques LTD.
The world of music retail was forever changed in 1924 when Sam Ash opened his first store. Since then the family-run business is on its fourth generation and has grown to boast 45 locations at the time of this podcast release. This episode features content from the second through fourth generations of the Ash family as they describe their history, growth, and key to success in the retail market
Manny’s Music defined Music Row on West 48th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, in New York City for decades before it eventually closed its doors in the late 2000s. This episode features content from 2 of the three generations of this famed family owned and operated business, Henry Goldrich and his sons, Ian and Judd Goldrich. Take a listen as they reflect on the history and heritage of this
The Music History Project welcomes returning guest, Zach Phillips, as they examine the career of Big Star drummer and Ardent Studios CEO, Jody Stephens. Big Star, out of Memphis, Tennessee, made three albums before splitting and the loss of Chris Bell. As the last surviving member of Big Star, Jody reflects on the impact of the band as well as other influential moments in his life and career.
Dan, Mike, and Elizabeth examine six of their favorite webclips from the Oral History collection. This episode features content from the Women’s International Music Network founder, founder of the Luthier String Company, the founder of the Santorella Music Publishing Company, and a wide range of musicians.
The latest installment of The Music History Project is anything but a drag as the team give a tip of the (hi) hat to drum manufacturer William F. Ludwig II.
This week the team steps up to the plate to examine the life and career of former MLB baseball player turned musician, music advocate, and veteran of the NAMM Foundation Fly-In, Bernie Williams. The four-time Golden Glove awardee is can often be spotted at the yearly NAMM Show in Anaheim, California and was gracious enough to sit down for an Oral History interview in 2017.
Rock and Roll wouldn’t be where it is today without the giants that helped shape this wave of popular music. On this week’s episode, the team examines the foundations of the Rock and Roll movement with help from interviews with musicians Bo Diddley, Duane Eddy, DJ Fontana, Wanda Jackson, Scotty More, Ike Turner, Lloyd Price, and songwriters Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Dave Bartholomew.
Chances are, you know the voices in this episode of The Music History Project. While you might not recognize their names, you have heard their iconic playing on many notable albums that came out of Los Angeles throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The conclusion of the 2001 interview with Henry Steinway outlines some of the defining moments in the Steinway legacy. Henry also discusses the decision to sell Steinway to CBS and many of the ways Steinway worked to remain at the forefront of the piano movement as new challenges arose.
Part one of a two-part series hammers out the life of Henry Steinway of Steinway Pianos. The overtones of part one includes the early history of Steinway as well as the importance of performance in the Steinway model. Let us string you along for the conclusion of this interview in two weeks.
Dan, Mike, and Elizabeth discuss six of their top favorite webclips from the over 3,500 Oral History interviews. This episode features a wide variety of musicians and songwriters that have left their mark on the NAMM Oral History program.
The team reaches deep into the NAMM Oral History catalog on this episode dedicated to music publishers. Examining this facet of the music products industry featuring content from musicians, songwriters, publishers, and method book authors, this episode is sure to be one to write home about.
The NAMM Resource Center team along with special guest, Kate Mitchell, make their own Fab Four as they talk the Beatles. This new series chronicles the Beatles early years as they prepared for the trip to the States. Listen to those closely associated with the boys including Bernand and Sara Michaelson, Pete Best, Billy Kramer, Ivor Davis, and Louise Harrison.
Folk legend Peter Yarrow, most known for his work with Peter, Paul, and Mary discusses the role of music in the world and how it impacts and is influenced by world events. Peter also puts to rest the rumors behind his iconic song, “Puff the Magic Dragon”.
March in to the next episode of The Music History Project as the NAMM Resource Center team reflects on the work of John Phillip Sousa. Featuring content from Harold Gore, Paul Bierley, James Saied, Steve Dillon, and John P. Smith we celebrate everything that is patriotic in honor of the 4th of July.
Hang ten with the NAMM Resource Center team as they examine the evolution of Surf Music featuring a swell lineup with Surf Music icons such as Will Glover, Bruce Johnston, George Tomsco, Bob Berryhill, Paul Johnson, and the King of Surf guitar, Dick Dale.
Take a listen this week to the NAMM Oral History interviews with Dr. Leo Beranek and Dr. Sidney Harman as they discuss and dissect the concepts behind acoustics, sound engineering, and the pro-audio field.
Al Schmitt reflects on his career as a recording engineer that covers more than 50 years of innovation in the pro audio world. Working with the likes of Sam Cooke and being inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame in 1997, Al has an illustrious career that continues to inspire others.
Celebrate what would have been American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin’s 130th birthday with Dan, Michael, and Elizabeth as they examine the work of one of the greatest songwriters in American history.
Join The Music History Project team as they explore the careers and life work of iconic luthiers Scott Baxendale, Bob Benedetto, Roger Bucknall, Wayne Charvel, and the late Bill Collings. We discuss the foundations for finding a path as a luthier, the creation of ones first instrument, start of their iconic careers, and reflect on some lessons learned by these industry heroes.
Two of the industries most iconic names in amplifiers are Hartley Peavey and Jim Marshall. The NAMM Oral History team examines the interviews conducted with these two legends while discussing the history of the amplifier.
The conclusion of the interview with American film composer and session musician specializing in the synthesizer, Michael Boddicker. Michael discusses what it was like to work on some of his more iconic projects including Michael Jackson’s Thriller and his work scoring films.
In part-one of this two-part series, the NAMM Oral History team examines the life and career of American film composer and session musician specializing in the synthesizer, Michael Boddicker. Michael reflects on his early years where he discovered a passion for music, specifically electronic music and his memories of attending the NAMM Show.
In honor of National Women’s History Month, we take a look at influential female performers who have made a lasting impact of the music industry. Hear content from Wanda Jackson, Jennifer Batten, Sheila E, DJ Spinderella, and see if you can figure out the mystery interview from this iconic female electric bassist.
The Avedis Zildjian Company has been making cymbals since 1623 and former president Armand Zildjian continued to grow the company when his father handed over the company to him. This now 14th generation, family run company, has a rich history full of captivating stories, some of which Armand Zildjian shares during his NAMM Oral History interview.
In honor of Black History Month, The Music History Project team takes a look at stories from performers who have faced their share of struggles as African American artists and those who were advocates for change during one of America's most tumultuous periods in history.
Join the Music History Project team in the conclusion of the podcast all about Elvis Presley. In this episode, we talk all about the King's film career after the army, his comeback and return to Las Vegas, as well as some final thoughts from iconic musicians such as Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, James Burton, and Frank De Vito.
In celebration of what would have been his 83rd birthday, The Music History Project team dives deep into what made Elvis Presley the King of Rock & Roll. In part one of a two part series, we discuss the early days of Elvis, his instruments, and his recordings.
Dan, Michael, and Elizabeth examine the July 17, 2000 NAMM Oral History interview with author, retailer, and vintage guitar expert George Gruhn. George discusses the idea behind vintage guitar collecting and setting up his business in Nashville, Tennessee as one of the pioneers in vintage guitar sales.
In honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, The Music History Project team takes a look at those in the Oral History Collection who were impacted by World War Two, with perspectives ranging from those who served overseas and at home, to individuals who were living in Europe during in World War II, and even some who returned to the states to open up their own retail stores.
Dr. Robert Moog was the father of the synthesizer and perhaps the best-known promoter of the Theremin and electronic music. The synthesizer celebrated the two things Bob loved most, electronics and music.
Founder of the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company and inventor, Leo Fender, brought the world iconic instruments such as the Fender Telecaster, Stratocaster, and Fender Precision Bass. This week, the team examines interviews with some of Leo’s closest friends and employees to examine the man behind the brand.
In this special episode of The Music History Project take a look behind the scenes of what goes in to capturing an interview and the creation of the podcast. Hosts Dan Del Fiorentino, Michael Mullens, and Elizabeth Dale discuss everything you never knew you needed to know about the NAMM Oral History Project. Featuring special guest Zach Phillips.
The conclusion of recording engineer, Lenise Bent’s, NAMM Oral History interview focuses on her work with groups such as Supertramp, The Knack, and Fleetwood Mac as well as some of the challenges she has faced in the studio.
In part one of this two-part series the NAMM Resource Center team reflects on an interview completed with recording engineer, Lenise Bent. Lenise discusses her background, education, and early work in the industry as well as working on some of her more notable projects including working as an engineer on Steely Dan’s Aja.
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and two time Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Graham Nash recounts his career as a musician, songwriter, photographer, and activist.
With the help of music advocate, Christie Z, the conclusion of pioneering DJs focuses on the development of Hip-Hop, as well as current equipment that many of the pioneering DJs are working with today featuring interviews from DJ Grand Master Caz, DJ Grand Mixer DXT, DJ Afrika Bombaataa, DJ Jazzy Joyce, DJ Johnny Juice, and DJ Grand Wizard Theodore.
In part one of this two-part series we explore the televised debut of scratch with Grand Mixer DXT showcasing his skills on the Herbie Hancock hit “Rockit” as well as the birth of scratch from its creator, DJ GrandWizard Theodore.
Les Paul is known for his role in the popularity of the electric guitar, the design of the Gibson Les Paul guitar, multi-track recording, early guitar effects, and hit recordings with his wife Mary Ford.
The second half of the Sun Records podcast discusses the legendary “Sun sound” that defined an era of music, famed recordings that were captured in the studio by Sam Phillips, and the Million Dollar Quartet session that brought together Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley for one defining night of music history.
In the first of two episodes about Sun Records in Memphis, TN covers studio founder Sam Phillips efforts to record the Memphis sound recording stars such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.