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The Music History Project
72 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
EP. 124 - R&B Pioneers Part 3
Our final installment of this Rhythm and Blues podcast series uses the interviews of two important pioneers, band leader, trumpeter and songwriter (“Blue Monday” etc.) Dave Bartholemew and studio drummer Earl Palmer, who was in the first class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sideman. Join us and our special guest, Jonah Del Fiorentino!
49 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
EP. 122 - R&B Pioneers Part 1
EP. 122 - R&B Pioneers Part 1 by NAMM Resource Center
53 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
EP. 121 - Gospel Singers Part 2
Join the Music History Project team as we dive a little deeper into gospel music as told by those interviewed for the NAMM Oral history program. Our special guest is Jonah Del Fiorentino, who chose to discuss the interviews of legendary vocalist Betty Wright and Jonah's own grandmother who has been a life long pianist and piano teacher.
70 minutes | Aug 19, 2022
EP. 120 - Gospel Singers Part 1
Gospel and Contemporary church music have changed greatly over the last 50 years. One of the key elements of this development has been catchy and relatable songs churchgoers can sing along to. Join us as we explore the contributions of three such songwriters, Kurt Kaiser (“Pass It On”), Karen Lafferty (“Seek Ye First”), and Robert Watters (“The Shepard’s Song”). Our special guest will be Jonah Del Fiorentino!
46 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
EP. 119 - TM Stevens
Join Suzanne, Alex and Dan as we play and discuss the full NAMM interview with bassist and beloved studio musician TM Stevens! This 2011 interview is chocked-full of stories about James Brown, Shocka Zooloo and TM’s relationship with Warwick Basses.
38 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
EP. 118 - Sylvia Massy
While listening to our favorite music, we often overlook the unseen force, creativity and vast knowledge of the recording engineer. Join us for this exciting episode of the Music History Project (with a special guest) as we discover the background and techniques of a true pioneer, Sylvia Massy!
42 minutes | May 20, 2022
EP. 117 - Songwriters 2
What 80’s hit was written on the toilet? Was “Puff, The Magic Dragon” really about marijuana use? These and other burning questions will be answered in this month’s episode of the Music History Project! We will be learning the backstories of songs written by Jason Mraz, Valerie Day & John Smith, Jerry Fuller, Mark Stein, Peter Yarrow, Gail Davies, and Trevor Rabin. Join us for this fun-filled episode!
46 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
Ep. 116 - Songwriters 1
Why do werewolves dine at Lee Ho Fooks, and what is a Schlimazel? All throughout the NAMM Oral History interview collection are the stories of songwriters talking about the inspirations behind their musical creations. Join us as we reveal fun facts about such songs as “Werewolves of London,” the TV theme to Laverne & Shirley as well as several other classic hits. This episode is guaranteed to make you smile!
83 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
Ep. 115 - Dr. George Shaw
This Episode of The Music History Project is dedicated to the great music educator and musician Dr. George Shaw. Hear how Dr. Shaw became an accomplished trumpeter and a gifted college professor. His passion for education and life-long learning has inspired generations of young musicians.
62 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 114 - Frank Zappa
Join Alex and Dan for this episode of the Music History Project as we highlight the musical innovator and stylistically diverse Frank Zappa. Hear from some of the musicians who played in his bands as well as the technicians who worked with him on stage and in his home studio.
53 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 113 - Robert Yates
Join the Music History Project team as we explore some fascinating facts about the ukulele! While reviewing NAMM’s interview of Robert Yates, we are provided insight into the instruments interesting history as well as the making of the ukulele. Mr. Yates, known as Uncle Uke, provides a wonderful look at the uke’s background and he even plays for us!
89 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Ep. 112 Amro Music
The Music History Project podcast would like to join the music community in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Memphis retailer Amro Music! Over the years, the NAMM Oral History program has captured numerous interviews with family members and employees. In this episode we utilize those interviews to showcase how Amro Music has supported music makers over the last 100 years! Established in 1921 by Mils Averwater, the store has come to symbolize the power of customer service by providing innovative products and instruments as well as lessons and repairs. Join us as we celebrate an American institution in Memphis, Amro Music!
68 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Ep. 111 - V-Discs
During World War II special records were sent overseas to the troops with the goal of boosting morale. These records which would later be called V (for victory) Discs have a fascinating history. This week on The Music History Project we will hear from two music historians about this unique program including one who remembers hearing the music being played over the PA system of his ship. We will also hear from a musician who was played on several of these records and a retailer in Europe who remembers selling them after the war ended.
74 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Ep. 110 - Larry Ramirez
The Music History Project is highlighting the fascinating career of trumpeter and product engineer, Larry Ramirez. Join us as Larry shares the unique way he was able to purchase his first instrument and how his career with the Holton Company developed. Mr. Ramirez has an impressive list of iconic artists he has worked with over the years including Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie - many of whom have become close friends!
84 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Ep. 109 - Studio Design
This week The Music History Project discusses recording studio design! We will hear from several innovative engineers who have put their own unique spin on studio design including Glenn Phoenix, Guy Charbonneau, Michael Marquart, George Augspurger, Jimmy Nutt and Sherry Klein. We discovered that a studio can truly be anywhere you need it to be including in an old bank, post office, barn or even on wheels. We also learned first-hand how attention to detail during the process results in a safe and comfortable space for the performer to make the most of their recording.
63 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Ep. 108 - Earth Wind Fire
Do you remember the 21st night of September? Because we sure do! Join Dan, Mike and Ashley on this week’s episode of The Music History Project as we celebrate the iconic Earth, Wind & Fire with interviews from bassist Verdine White, keyboardist Larry Dunn and percussionist Ralph Johnson.
70 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Ep. 107 - Don Lewis
This week The Music History Project will be discussing multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and electronic engineer Don Lewis. Utilizing our interview with him in 2004 in the Museum of Making Music as well as a recent interview in 2021 we will go through Don’s impressive career working for Hammond and Mr. Kakehashi to the creation of LEO (Live Electronic Orchestra).
62 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Ep. 106 - Sam Cooke
This week’s episode is dedicated to the King of Soul, Sam Cooke. Join Dan, Mike and Ashley as they discuss Sam’s influence and contribution to not only soul music but popular music as well. Enjoy stories from Jerry Blavat and Al Schmitt who worked with him in the industry, Tommy Roe and Chris Montez who toured with him and Ellis Hall and Deacon John Moore who were inspired by him.
88 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Ep. 105 - Benjamin Scheuer
The Music History Project is featuring the inspiring musician and songwriter Benjamin Scheuer this week. Join Ashley, Dan and Mike as they discuss Benjamin’s infectious passion for music and the unique and remarkable career he has had. Benjamin also performs a few of his songs including “Cookie Tin Banjo”, “I Am Samantha” and “Weather the Storm” and shares the stories behind them.
114 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Ep. 104 - Synth Pioneers
The introduction of the synthesizer brought with it a many new types of sounds and a new way of thinking when it came to creating instruments. This week on The Music History Project, hear from some of the legendary synth pioneers that creatively and scientifically invented some of the most iconic sounds in recent popular music including Don Buchla, John Chowning, Suzanne Ciani, Bob Moog and Malcolm Cecil.
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