Sunset Library to host recap

The Valley music scene that served
as an incubator for the successful
careers of a number of singers,
songwriters, musicians and producers
in the 1950s and ‘60s is the topic of
the next Our Stories guest-speaker
presentation Saturday, April 12, at west
Chandler’s Sunset branch library.
The free event will feature
Arizona’s unofficial music historian
and radio deejay John P. Dixon, also
known as Johnny D., who will present
the little-known history of the Audio
Recorders Studio in Phoenix.
The multimedia presentation will
spotlight many of the musicians and
producers who recorded at this popular
studio, including Lee Hazlewood,
Sanford Clark, Skip and Flip, Dyke
and the Blazers, Wayne Newton and
Waylon Jennings.
Located at 7th Street and Weldon
in Phoenix, Audio Recorders was
the birthplace of the unique twang
of Duane Eddy, a member of the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose
1958 international hit Rebel Rouser
influenced many future guitarists
worldwide.
Over the past 25 years, Dixon has
assembled the world’s largest collection
of Arizona-related vinyl records,
tapes, cassettes, photographs, posters
and other
memorabilia.
He has
also compiled,
produced and
licensed more
than 35 CDs,
vinyl albums
and singles
of vintage
Arizona
music to
help keep the
state’s unique
musical
history alive.
Our Stories is hosted by Chandler
Museum, Chandler Historical Society
and the Chandler Public Library. The
April program runs from 10:30 a.m.
to noon. Chandler Sunset Library is at
4930 W. Ray Road, just east of Rural
Road.
Information: 480-782-2751 or
www.chandleraz.gov/museum.

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