Category Archives: History

“The ‘In’ Crowd-October 9, 2011

Ramsey Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ramsey Lewis, Sr. and Pauline Lewis. Lewis began taking piano lessons at the age of four. At 15 he joined his first jazz band, The Cleffs. The seven-piece group provided Lewis his more »

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Instruments: From the Rolling Stones Archive

The tools of the musical trade have their own special mystique, never more so than in the case of the Rolling Stones, whose lifespan and legacy with technology stretches back deep into the warm and fuzzy world of analogue. The more »

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Today in rock history – Earth, Wind and Fire hit #12 with “That’s the Way of the World”.

Earth, Wind & Fire is an American R&B and funk band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1969 by Verdine and Maurice White. Also known as EWF, the band has won six Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. They more »

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Man On Abbey Road Cover Doesn’t Like The Beatles

The Beatles walked across a zebra crossing in an innocuous North London street. The photoshoot for their new Abbey Road album happened just yards from the eponymous recording studios and took ten minutes – only six frames were taken by more »

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Abbey Road Remasters the works of Wilhelm Furtwängler

Simon Gibson one of Abbey Road Studios’ most experienced mastering engineers, talks us through the process of restoration and remastering of the works of  Wilhelm Furtwängler. Wilhelm Furtwängler (January 25, 1886 – November 30, 1954) was a German conductor and composer. He is more »

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1963 Seeburg “1000” Background music system

The Seeburg 1000 background music system was introduced in 1963 in which to provide background music or “elevator music” as we know it today for shoppers in stores, or factory workers etc. The video incorrectly states that it is a more »

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The ‘Ah, Ha!’ moment

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He is a well-known and respected figure within the music industry.  His name is credited on the covers of albums released across the world, and he has won numerous awards. Throughout his career, more »

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First Major Exhibition To Explore The Life Of George Harrison To Premier At The GRAMMY Museum

George Harrison: Living in the Material World Slated To Open October 11, 2011 LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2011) — The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Estate of George Harrison, will debut a major new exhibition, George Harrison: Living in the Material more »

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Inventing The Electric Guitar

Invented in 1931, the electric guitar became a necessity as jazz musicians sought to amplify their sound. Since then, the electric guitar has undeniably become one of the most important instruments in popular music around the world. It has evolved into a more »

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‘The Guy With Four Sticks’

During the 1960s, jazz aficionados came to know Gary Burton—a skinny, longhaired vibraphone sensation who wielded four mallets at a time, spinning out beautiful musical lines in intricate counterpoint at lightning speed. First as a sideman with George Shearing and more »

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