Introduction to Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer

Jan Hammer (born on April 17, 1948 in Prague) was a Czech composer, pianist and keyboardist known for his notable work on Miami Vice theme in 1988. He started to play at four and later had formal lessons at six. Though he also wanted to be a doctor like her father, Hammer … Read more

Ferko String Band

Ferko String Band

Introduction to Ferko String Band The Ferko String band has become a Philadelphia legend, formed in the 1920s by Joseph A. Ferko (1895-1964). When he was younger, Ferko worked at local a pharmacy owned by a doctor named Dr. John Fralinger. When the new craze called the Mummers Parade was starting in … Read more

Davie Allan (and The Arrows)

Davie Allan and The Arrows

  Introduction to Davie Allan Davie Allan learned to play guitar in high school where he met schoolmate Mike Curb in choir.  During the early 60s music era he and Curb formed an instrumental surf combo. After a couple of unsuccessful singles Curb went on to songwriting and producing while Allen formed … Read more

Introduction to Don Costa

Don Costa

Introduction Don Costa was an American record producer and music arranger, known for his collaborations with Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Lloyd Price, George Hamilton IV, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Barbara Streisand, Tony Bennett and most notably, Frank Sinatra. Costa became Sinatra’s arranger when the latter invited him to work on one … Read more

One-Hit Wonders Apollo 100

Apollo 100

  Introduction Apollo 100 was a short lived 1972 group of studio musicians who were put together by multi-instrumentalist and arranger Tom Parker. The band was also known as Apollo 100, featuring Tom Parker.  The group consisted of Parker on keyboards, ex-Tornados drummer Clem Cattini, guitarist Vic Flick (of “James Bond Theme” … Read more