Library - In Memoriam

Remembering oral history interviewees who have passed away.

Holger Siems had a prolific career in music publishing. Beginning in his native Germany, Holger worked for several top publishing firms in key positions. Among his many accomplishments included establishing the United States branch of G. Henle Press.

Melvin Dunlap played bass on several classic soul and R&B recordings beginning in the early 1970s.

Keith Chen joined the Tom Lee Music Company in Hong Kong as a guitar salesman.  The large store had a small guitar department when Keith first joined the company and he took great pride in watching the department grow and develop.  During that time he also served in several areas

Ernst Lang married Paula Prüller 1958 in Luby, Czech Republic, formerly named Schönbach, and both came from families involved in the production of musical instruments.

Randy "Baja" Fletcher was a well respected production manager of live events who won the 2010 Parnelli Life Time Achievement Award for his dedication to the industry.  His long and passionate career included work with ZZ Top, Randy Travis and the entire touring career of Brooks &

Hershel Green spent much of his career in the piano and organ field, working as salesman, technician, and tuner. Along the way, he gained the respect of reps and dealers alike.

Johnny Thompson had the distinction of being the very first music student of a young steel guitar player named Ernie ball.

Tom T. Hall loved telling a good old country story, you know the ones with a twist at the end and plenty of references to beer and fishin’. When he set those stories to music he helped launch a new era in country music. Beginning with “Harper Valley P. T. A.” in the late 1960s, Tom T. wrote and sang about believable and often beloved characters.

Dan Slick grew up in Johnstown, PA playing the family’s upright piano but soon switched his focus to the organ.

Mike Finnigan was a leading Hammond B3 performer who recorded with many of the top performers in pop, rock, and jazz for nearly 60 years, although his soul had always been rooted in rhythm and blues. In the late 60s, he recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Joe Cocker.

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