William McNamara

William McNamara reported to Mr. Alfred LaMotte, a true legend in the music products industry when Bill was first hired by Thearle’s Music stores in San Diego in the 1930s. Mr. LaMotte was known for his clever sales campaigns and dedication to the growth of the industry. In fact, it was while serving as NAMM President 1935-1936 that he appointed Bill the manager of the music store. This dedication to the industry inspired Bill, who later served on the AMC board as well as the NAMM board twice (1959 and 1964).  Bill was very passionate about the music industry and proudly supported the NAMM Oral History program by providing insight and suggestions for over ten years. 

Interview Date:
May 28, 2002
Date of Birth:
April 3, 1917
Deceased Date:
June 28, 2011
Job Title:
Past Manager
Thearle's Music

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