Musings

Articles and thoughts from the mind of Deke

RIP Al Schmitt

RIP Al Schmitt

The great Al Schmitt has passed away at the age of 91. He was quite possibly the most famous and respected recording engineer of all time. I made up an excuse to interview Al a few years ago for a recording magazine.

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Jack Scott – Jack Rocks

Jack Scott – Jack Rocks

Rock and roll was mostly the property of the southern states in the 1950s. It makes sense, however, that the city of Detroit spawned a real, honest-to-goodness rock and roll legend, Mr. Jack Scott.

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The Ballads of Gene Vincent

The Ballads of Gene Vincent

Gene Vincent was an iconic rock and roller, with his tortured facial expressions, classic greasy coif, perfect cat clothes. And yet, from his very first session to his last, he loved to sing ballads.

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Rex Gallion and Stratocaster serial no. 001

Rex Gallion and Stratocaster serial no. 001

A little-known Italian country musician named Rex Gallion holds the distinction of being the man who suggested to Leo Fender in 1953 that the new instrument he was designing could have body contours for comfort in playing.

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Roy Orbison – Roy Rocks

Roy Orbison – Roy Rocks

While it is true that Orbison himself preferred the softer songs and the pop ballads, and certainly that is where he found his greatest chart success, Roy Orbison’s veins pulsed with the blood of a rocker.

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RIP Ray Campi

RIP Ray Campi

The news is out that my friend Ray Campi has passed away. Ray was an original 1950s Texas rocker who kept the flame alive during the dark ages of the 1960s and 1970s, aided and abetted by Ronny Weiser and his DIY record label Rollin’ Rock Records.

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