The Music History Project Podcast

NAMM’s resident Music Historian Dan Del Fiorentino and co-hosts Michael Mullens, and Elizabeth Dale 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.

Posted by: on October 10, 2018

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.

Posted by: on October 5, 2018

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.

Posted by: on October 5, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 29, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 17, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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”.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 2, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 1, 2018

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.

Posted by: on August 1, 2018

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.

Posted by: on April 11, 2018

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.

Posted by: on April 3, 2018

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.

Posted by: on March 15, 2018

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.

Posted by: on March 1, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 20, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 14, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 14, 2018

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.

Posted by: on February 14, 2018

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.