The Music History Project show

The Music History Project

Summary: 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. For more information about NAMM’s Oral History program please visit

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 Ep. 63 - The Banjo: Makers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:52

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.

 Ep. 62 - Todd Rundgren | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:22

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.

 Ep. 61 - The Nashville A-Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:48

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.

 Ep. 60 - Paul Hamer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:38

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.

 Ep. 59 - The Big Band Era - Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:46

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.

 Ep. 58 - The Big Band Era - Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:24

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.

 Ep. 57 - The Fairlight Founders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:46:48

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.

 Ep. 56 - Woodstock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:06

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.

 Ep. 55 - Songwriting Teams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:34:20

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.

 Ep. 54 - Fred Catero | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:06

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.

 Ep. 53 - Vintage Guitars | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:28

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. Interviews heard in this episode include: George Gruhn, Norman Harris, Frank Ford, Fred Oster, Stan Jay, Owen Ray, Richard Gellis, Kay Koster and David Kalt.

 Ep. 52 - Seth's Picks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:02

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. Voices you will hear in today's podcast include: Larry Dunn, Marty Baxter, Brian Justice, Michael Doughty, Robert Cray, Jose Feliciano, David Gold, Jean Francois Rico, Smokey Robinson and Whispering Bill Anderson.

 Ep. 51 - Motown - Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:22

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.

 Ep. 50 - Motown - Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:26

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.

 Ep. 49 - Blues with Wolf Marshall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:30

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.


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