Among the exciting interviews we gathered and added to our collection this month are songwriter Mike Post (pictured), known for writing many TV theme songs, pioneering rockabilly songwriter and guitarist Chan (The Hippy Hippy Shake) Romero and piano dealer Kevin Prosser. Robert Margouleff, the noted recording engineer, producer and musician who worked on seven albums with Stevie Wonder, was also interviewed this last month thanks to the help of Ed Stasium and Aspen Pittman.
Hi Records founder Quinton Claunch (pictured) turns 95 years old this month. Percussionist and noted clinician, Dick Schory turns 85 years old. French retailer and wholesaler Andre Cotelle and Peavey founder, Hartley Peavey, both turn 75 years old. Musician and regular NAMM attendee, Edgar Winter will be 70 this month as well. Happy Birthday to all of those celebrating a birthday in December!
Music publisher and founder of Cherry Lane Music, Milt Okun, launched the career of many noted stars including John Denver. Musician, songwriter and NAMM attendee Leon Russell passed along his idea of electronic hand-claps to Roger Linn! Jazz arranger and band leader Bobby Wellins was an influence on musicians such as Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones. Pauline Oliveros pioneered composing music using electronic instruments and then spent the last 50 years encouraging and mentoring other female artists! This month we learned of the passing earlier this year of Professional Drum Shop co-founder, Dolores Yeager. They will be missed and remembered for their many contributions to music.
Cheers to Ed Soph (interview class of 2006) for his induction into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame! Ed was recognized for his storied career as a drummer and percussionist as well as his role as a teacher, clinician and author. Congratulations Ed!
The NAMM Show is where the music begins. Join us for the industry's global gathering, January 19–22, in Anaheim, California. NAMM will be conducting more Oral History interviews with industry legends so stay tuned!