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‘Street organ with dancing children. Amsterdam, 1950s’
photo by Henk Jonker
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YouTube: ‘Amsterdam Music Machine’
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‘Our ’55 Christmas Card was taken at . . .’
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NOTE: I don’t recall Dancin’ in the Street; but the sound of the organ going by our house, I will NEVER forget!
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‘Violinista, Napoli, 1955’
– Vittorio Pandolfi
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Nearly 400 years ago, in 1623, Avedis Zildjian founded a cymbal-manufacturing company in Istanbul.
Now run by 14th generation family member Craigie Zildjian, along with her sister Debbie, the company has outlasted empires, survived a move overseas to the US, and thrived during the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and two World Wars.
Today, the company controls 65% of the world’s cymbal market, and took in more than $50m in revenues last year.
But for the Zildjians, it’s more than just a business.
Walking through the halls of the Zildjian factory in Norwell, Massachusetts, is like getting a front row seat to music history.
The hallways are lined with photos of famous drummers such as Ringo Starr and Roy Haynes. Jazz drummer Buddy Rich’s drum kit is preserved in full.
Drummers of all stripes often arrive to test the Zildjians’ latest cymbals – there’s even a special pressurised room that can re-create the acoustics of concert venues around the country.
Yet musicians are a fickle bunch, and the music industry is constantly in flux.
So what are the Zildjians’ secrets to staying in business for nearly four centuries?
Every Zildjian who wants to work in the family business must get a college degree, preferably in business. They also must intern while in high school or college, to get a taste of the company’s standards.
But come graduation, don’t expect a job with the company right away, say Craigie and Debbie.
Another rule requires family members to work elsewhere to get experience outside the company.
Even once they join the company, as Debbie’s daughter Cady recently did, strict rules ensure that a family member never reports to another. This, says Craigie, is simply just best practice – family business or not.
Beyond that, though, there are a few quirky rules that the sisters have instituted.
“One of the things we’ve always done is we have never had spouses involved in the business,” says Debbie Zildjian.
She jokingly adds another rule: “We’ve always encouraged our daughters not to get involved with musicians, especially drummers.”
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– Louisiana State Fair
You Tube: ‘I scream – you scream – we all scream for ice cream’ – Harry Reser’s Syncopators – 1927
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Rare photos of Beatles first ever US tour fetch £223,600
Never-before seen photographs of Liverpool legends the Beatles’ first US concert in Washington DC have been sold in New York for more than 360,000 dollars (£223,600).
The Fab Four played their first US concert on February 11 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Mike Mitchell, 65, who now works as an art photographer in Washington, was 18 at the time and took photographs just feet away.
Fifty silver gelatin prints he made from negatives were sold individually at Christie’s auction house.
The images, plus photos from another Beatles concert, had been estimated to fetch a total of just 100,000 dollars.
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One little bit of Al Green and now everybody expects the president to sing America’s blues and soul classics.
Well, why not?
Thomas Jefferson loved to sing, and so did Richard Nixon. Look at old Mick Jagger hand the microphone to the president, after the R&B legends all insist the president take a verse of “Sweet Home Chicago.”
What is this, anyway? Some kind of PBS/White House blues party. It will be on the teevee February 27.
See it, and hear it, HERE:
The Al Jolson Story Story (1937 Radio) – Hello My Baby
Fly me to the moon
Let me sing among those stars
Let me see what spring is like on jupiter and mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby kiss me
Fill my heart with song
Let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you
Frank Sinatra – ‘Fly me to the moon’
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