Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jim Fox, May 19, 1996

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Tom King and The Starfires

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Partial Transcript: --with Jim Fox, uh, 19 May, 1996

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses his early interest in music, which was sparked by seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. He then goes on to talk about his time as the drummer for Tom King and the Starfires, a band which primarily played weddings and bar mitzvahs during his time with it.

Keywords: Akron (Ohio); Austin, Al (Artist); Baker, Ritchie (Artist); Bands; Bar mitzvahs; Bass; Beatlemania; Beatles, the (Artist); Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (Artist); Blakey, Arthur “Art”; Bland, Bobby (Artist); Bodanza, Tony “Tony Stiles” (Artist); British invasion; Brown, James (Artist); Bruno, Bill (Artist); Carnegie Technology School; Cavalier Hall; Classical music; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Concerts; Danish; Doggett, Bill (Artist); Drummers; Ed Sullivan Show, the (Television program); Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Gator, the; Gator, the (Dance); Geraci, Sonny (Artist); Girl groups; Greenbaum, Richard “Dick Whittington” (Artist); Haraki, Ron (Artist); Honky tonk music; Hullabaloo’s; I Saw Her Standing There (Song); I Want to Hold Your Hand (Song); If You Wanna Be Happy (Song); James Gang, the (Artist); Jazz; Jeric, Bill (Artist); King, Tom (Artist); Lorraine Road; Lymon, Frankie (Artist); Lymon, Franklin “Frankie”; Madison, Mert (Artist); McCloud, Terry (Artist); Money; Musicians; Nims, Walt (Artist); Nixon, Trisha; Ohio State University; Orchestras; Outsiders, the (Artist); Police stations; Poor Girls, the (Artist); Popular music; Portage Lakes (Ohio); Precious and Few (Song); Quarter to Three (Song); Radio; Recording studios; Richie and the Fortunes (Artist); Rock and roll; Rock ’n’ roll; Sands, the; Sawyer, Tony (Artist); Saxophones, baritone; Schwartz, Don (Artist); Silverman, Ron (Artist); Starfires, the (Artist); Time Won’t Let Me (Album); Time Won’t Let Me (Song); Tom King & The Starfires (Artist); Tours; Velvet Rail; Weddings; Wives; Wurlitzer pianos

Subjects: Akron (Ohio); Bar mitzvah.; Bass guitar; Beatles.; Bland, Bobby; Brown, James, 1933-2006.; Cleveland (Ohio); Dakotas (Musical group); Doggett, Bill; Drummers; Drummers (Musicians); Ed Sullivan show (Television program); Fox, Jim; Geraci, Sonny; Honky-tonk music.; James Gang (Musical group); Jazz.; King, Tom; Money; Musicians.; Nims, Walter D.; Nixon, Trisha; Ohio State University; Orchestra; Popular music.; Portage Lakes (Ohio); Saxophone.; Schwartz, Don; Silverman, Ron; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound studios; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Starfires (Musical group); Weddings.; Whittington, Dick

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
00:22:34 - The Guv’nors and time at the Cleveland Institute of Music

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Partial Transcript: Anyhow, I went back to school.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses his time with the musical group The Guv'nors after his tenure with Tom King and the Starfires. He also talks about his time as a percussion major at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his realization that he did not have the talent and commitment to be a classical percussionist.

Keywords: America’s Funniest Home Videos (Television program); Booking agents; Cleveland Institute of Music, the; Dayton (Ohio); Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Franklin, Jeff (Artist); Fraternity brothers; Friedman, Mickey; Full House (Television program); Guv’nors, the (Artist); ICM; James Gang, the (Artist); Little Mickey’s; New York Philharmonic; Ohio State University; Percussion; Percussion majors; Percussionists; Producers

Subjects: America's funniest home videos (Television program); Cleveland Institute of Music; Dayton (Ohio); Fox, Jim; Franklin, Jeff; Friedman, Mickey; Full house (Television program); History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Music; New York Philharmonic.; Ohio State University; Percussion; Percussionists; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

GPS: Dayton (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 39.759444, -84.191667
00:26:19 - The James Gang

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Partial Transcript: And that was--who was the--I mean, you--it seems to me that when I first met you it was The Measles.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses the formation of The James Gang, including his difficulties finding a guitarist for the band. He talks about the venues that the early James Gang played at and his associations with other musicians.

Keywords: Beck, Jeff (Artist); Bedrich, Richard; Berry, Chuck (Artist); Bookings; Bowling alleys; Cigarettes; Civic Theater; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Institute of Music; Club rooms; Dale, Dick (Artist); Drugs; Drummers; East Gate Shopping Center; Eastgate Shopping Center; English Grill, the; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Giallombardo, Phil (Artist); Golden Kishka, the; Grandillo, Greg (Artist); Guitarists; Harmon, Eric (Artist); Hullabaloo’s; J.B.’s; Jackson, J. J. (Artist); James Gang, the (Artist); Jeff’s Boogie (Song); Juke boxes; Kent; Kriss, Richard (Artist); Kriss, Thomas (Artist); La Cav; Marijuana; Measles, the (Artist); Monsour, Richard "Dick Dale"; Morganfield, McKinley “Muddy Waters”; Neubauer, Otto; Otto’s Grotto; Pilgrims, the (Artist); Plymouth Rock (Album); Reed, Mathis James “Jimmy” (Artist); Rhythm and blues (R&B); Schwartz, Glenn (Artist); Sepulveda, Bobby (Artist); Silverman, Ron; Silverman, Ron (Artist); Silverman, Ronnie; Surf music; Teen Fair; Teenage Fair; Temptations, the (Artist); Tom King and the Starfires; Yardbirds, the (Artist)

Subjects: Beck, Jeff; Berry, Chuck.; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Institute of Music; Dale, Dick; Drugs.; Drummers; Fox, Jim; Guitarists.; Harmon, Eric; History of science and technology; Jackson, J. J.; James Gang (Musical Group; Marijuana.; Measles (Musical group); Music; Pilgrims (Musical group : Cleveland, Ohio); Pilgrims (Musical group); Reed, Jimmy, 1925-1976; Rhythm and blues music.; Schwartz, Glenn; Silverman, Ron; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Starfires (Musical group); Surf music.; Temptations (Musical group); Yardbirds (Musical group)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
00:40:32 - The James Gang’s guitarists

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Partial Transcript: Late '66, early '67.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses the many guitarists that played in The James Gang and how the Vietnam War draft led to the group losing one of its members.

[Interview suddenly goes silent from 47:20-48:49.]

Keywords: Bodanza, Tony; Cavalier Hall; Drafts; Euclid (Ohio); Fort Knox (Ky.); Fox, Andrea; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Fredericks, Dick; Gilmore Halls; Guitarists; Jeric, Bill; Johnson, Leslie "Lazy Lester" (Artist); Music Halls; Polka; Polka music; Rhythm and blues (R&B); Schwartz, Glenn; Silverman, Ron; Silverman, Ronnie; Vietnam War

Subjects: Drafts; Euclid (Ohio); Fort Knox (Ky.); Fox, Jim; Guitarists; History of science and technology; Music; Polka music.; Rhythm and blues music.; Schwartz, Glenn; Silverman, Ron; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

GPS: Euclid (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.595556, -81.519167
00:48:49 - Glenn Schwartz

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Partial Transcript: --when the ga--and again, I'm getting you out of time here, time and space.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses one of the James Gang's lead guitarists, Glenn Schwartz.

Keywords: Battle of the Bands; Clubs; Drugs; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Garage bands; James Gang, the (Artist); Las Vegas (Nev.); Las Vegas Strip; Los Angeles (Calif.); Money; Pacific Gas and Electric; Plain Dealer, the; Poco (Artist); Press; Reverberation; Reverberation, twin; Schwartz, Glenn; Teen Fair; Teenage Fair; Tree Stumps, the (Artist); Young, Rusty (Artist)

Subjects: Drugs; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Las Vegas (Nev.); Los Angeles (Calif).; Money; Music; Plain Dealer (Firm); Schwartz, Glenn; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Tree Stumps (Musical group); Young, Rusty

GPS: Los Angeles (Calif.)
Map Coordinates: 34.05, -118.25
00:54:12 - Roadies

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Partial Transcript: Well, one good, and one good way is to keep talking about it, you know.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses the various roadies that accompanied The James Gang on its tours, including one particular roadie named Krinkle. He also talks about the lighting design on The James Gang's tours.

Keywords: Akron (Ohio); Ann Arbor (Mich); Blazer, Craig; Boddie Recording; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Cans; Concerts; Crews; Cruzcamp, Richard; Designers, lighting; Dickerhoff, Larry; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Franklin, Aretha (Artist); James Gang, the; Krinkel; Krinkle; Lighting; Lights; Mandrell, Barbara (Artist); Memories; Production managers; Roadies; Sam; Seger, Bob (Artist); Siegan, Bob; Siegen, Bob; Sound companies

Subjects: Akron (Ohio); Ann Arbor (Mich.); Fox, Jim; Franklin, Aretha; History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Mandrell, Barbara; Music; Seger, Bob; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

GPS: Akron (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.073056, -81.517778
01:01:03 - Transition from Glenn Schwartz to Joe Walsh

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Partial Transcript: We, we're going to digress for years, here.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses The James Gang's transition from guitarist Glenn Schwartz, who left the band due to personal reasons, to guitarist Joe Walsh.

Keywords: Alimony; Amplifiers; Armed Forces; Armed Services; Bass players; Bassists; Cincinnati (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Heights (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Cream (Artist); Detroit (Mich.); Drugs; Fifth Quarter, the; Fox, Allison; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Giallombardo, Phil (Artist); Gothic Glenn; Grande Ballroom; Guitarists; Hendrix, Jimi (Artist); Hogan, Erin; Indianapolis (Ind.); J.B.’s; James Gang, the; Jeric, Bill; Kent State University; Kriss, Tom (Artist); Los Angeles (Calif.); Measles, the (Artist); Peters, Dale; Problems; Rhythm and blues (R&B); Shannon, Joe; Silverman, Ron; Silverman, Ronnie; Walsh, Joe; Wives

Subjects: Alimony.; Armed Forces.; Cincinnati (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Heights (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio); Drugs; Fox, Jim; Guitarists; Hendrix, Jimi.; History of science and technology; Indianapolis (Ind.); James Gang (Musical group); Kent State University; Los Angeles (Calif.); Measles (Musical group); Music; Peters, Dale E.; Rhythm and blues music; Shannon, Joe; Silverman, Ron; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Walsh, Joe; Wives

GPS: Los Angeles (Calif.)
Map Coordinates: 34.05, -118.25
01:12:18 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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Partial Transcript: Uh, I think it'll be just fine.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, including the people he knows that work there. He also talks about receiving royalties from his work with The Outsiders.

Keywords: Band, the (Artist); Barrie, Dennis; Belken, Mike; Capitol Records; Cleveland (Ohio); Curators; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Hanke, James; Henke, Jim; Karshner, Roger; King, Tom (Artist); Nuccio, Anthony; Oldsmobile; Outsiders, the (Artist); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Roger Karshner; Rolling Stone Magazine; Royalties; Santelli, Bob; Santelli, Robert; Starfires, the (Artist); Time Won’t Let Me (Song); Van Winkle, Robert “Vanilla Ice” (Artist); Wild Cherry (Artist)

Subjects: Band (Musical group); Barrie, Dennis; Capitol Records, Inc; Cleveland (Ohio); Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; Karshner, Roger; King, Tom; Music; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Starfires (Musical group); Vanilla Ice; Wild Cherry (Musical group)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
01:22:17 - Drug and alcohol use

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Partial Transcript: When did you start doing that?

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses drug and alcohol use and addiction amongst musicians.

Keywords: Alcohol; Berklee School of Music; Car accidents; Children; Cream (Artist); Daughters; Detroit (Mich.); Divorces; Drug addiction; Drugs; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Holland, Hugh “Jeep”; James Gang, the (Artist); Los Angeles (Calif.); Nicks, Stephanie “Stevie” (Artist); Recovery; Tours; Townshend, Pete (Artist); Walsh, Joe; Winwood, Steve (Artist); Wives

Subjects: Alcohol; Berklee School of Music; Children; Cream (Musical group); Daughters; Detroit (Mich.); Divorce; Drug addiction and recovery; Drug addiction.; Drugs; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; Holland, Hugh, 1942-; James Gang (Musical Group); Los Angeles (Calif.); Music; Nicks, Stevie; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Townshend, Pete; Walsh, Joe; Winwood, Steve, 1948-

GPS: Los Angeles (Calif.)
Map Coordinates: 34.05, -118.25
01:30:31 - Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

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Partial Transcript: Steve Winwood was another of my idols.

Segment Synopsis: Fox and Schmidt Horning discuss their mutual admiration for Brian Wilson and the musical group The Beach Boys. Schmidt Horning then talks about the criticism she received for choosing to focus on Cleveland (Ohio) for her historical investigation into the recording industry.

Keywords: Band, the (Artist); Beach Boys, the (Artist); Budapest (Hungary); Cooper, Alice; Documentaries; Drums; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Furnier, Vincent “Alice Cooper” (Artist); God Only Knows (Song); Good Vibrations (Song); Hutton, Daniel (Artist); Hutton, Danny (Artist); I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times (Album); Iggy and the Stooges (Artist); International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC); Island Records; Motown; Motown Records; Music reading; Osterberg, James Newell, Jr. “Iggy Pop” (Artist); Parks, Van Dyke (Artist); Pet Sounds (Album); Reading music; Starkey, Richard “Ringo Star" (Artist); Starr, Ringo (Artist); Surf music; Termen, Lev “Leon Theremin”; Theremin, Leon; Three Dog Night (Artist); Warner Brothers; Warner Brothers Records; Wilson, Brian (Artist); Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Book); Z Records; Zinka, Micah

Subjects: Band (Musical group); Beach Boys.; Beach Boys. Pet sounds; Budapest (Hungary); Cooper, Alice, 1948-; Drums; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; Hutton, Danny; International Committee for the History of Technology; Motown Record Corporation.; Music; Parks, Van Dyke; Pop, Iggy, 1947-; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Starr, Ringo.; Surf music.; Thérémin, Léon, 1896-1993; Three Dog Night (Musical group); Wilson, Brian, 1942-

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
01:42:15 - Time in The James Gang

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Partial Transcript: Boy are we gone.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses his time as the drummer in The James Gang. He also talks about various musicians and musical groups with whom he interacted, such as psychedelic rock band The Tiffany Shade.

Keywords: ABC Records; Askey, Walt; Bargar, Mike; Barnes, Mike; Beck, Jeff; Belken, Mike; Bluesway Records; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Cane, Stan; Cleveland Recording; Corn, Dick; Cream; Davidian, Barrow (Artist); DeAngeles, John; DeVille, Willy (Artist); Drugs; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Green Tamborine (Song); Hells Angels; Holland, Hugh “Jeep”; Indication (Song); Joplin, Janis (Artist); King, B.B. (Artist); King, Riley “B.B.” (Artist); La Cav; Lemon Pipers, the (Artist); Leonard, Rob (Artist); Los Angeles (Calif.); Management; Managers; Muskegon (Mich.); New Jersey; Otto’s Grotto; Poor Girls, the (Artist); Record companies; Recording tape; Records, kinds of: acetate; Records, kinds of: demonstrations; Records, kinds of: demos; Rhythm and blues (R&B); Schwartz, Glenn (Artist); Silverman, Ron (Artist); Silverman, Ronnie (Artist); Szymczyk, Bill; Tiffany Shade, the (Artist); Walsh, Joe (Artist)

Subjects: Barnes, Mike; Beck, Jeff; Cream (Musical group); DeVille, Willy; Drugs; Fox, Jim; Hell's Angels.; History of science and technology; Holland, Hugh, 1942-; Joplin, Janis.; King, B. B.; Lemon Pipers; Leonard, Robert; Los Angeles (Calif.); Music; Muskegon (Mich.); New Jersey; Record labels; Rhythm and blues music; Schwartz, Glenn; Silverman, Ron; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Tiffany Shade (Musical group); Walsh, Joe

GPS: Los Angeles (Calif.)
Map Coordinates: 34.05, -118.25
01:51:44 - Recording at Cleveland Recording

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Partial Transcript: How did we get on this again?

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses his experiences at Cleveland Recording with The James Gang.

Keywords: Ajax; Artist, kinds of: demonstrations; Barger, Mark; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Cleveland (Ohio); Commercials; Corn, Dick; Drummers; Fox, Diane; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Guitarists; Hamann, Ken; Hamann, Kenneth Richard; Human Beinz, the (Artist); I Can’t Stand Still (Song); I Can’t Stay Still (Artist); Joey and the Continentals (Artist); Karshner, Roger; King, Tom (Artist); Last Night (Song); Machine guns; Mar-keys, the (Artist); Miller, Ray (Artist); Muskegon (Mich.); Outsiders, the (Artist); Popovich, Steve; Recording studios; Records, kinds of: demonstrations; Records, kinds of: demos; Ring of Love (Song); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Starfires, the (Artist); Stronger than Dirt; Szymczyk, Bill; Tony and the Twilighters; Twlighters, the (Artist); Unions

Subjects: Advertising; Cleveland (Ohio); Drummers; Fox, Jim; Guitarists; History of science and technology; Karshner, Roger; Machine guns.; Mar-Keys (Musical group); Miller, Ray; Music; Outsiders (Folk music group); Popovich, Steve J.; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound studios.; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Starfires (Musical group); Twilighters (Musical group)

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
02:01:58 - Local record companies

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Partial Transcript: Who was releasing--I mean, who, who were some of the local--were there local record companies?

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses various local record companies in Cleveland (Ohio), some of which specialized in polka music and early rock music.

Keywords: Chi Pig (Artist); City directories; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Directories; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Gospel music; Hamann, Ken; Hamann, Kenneth Richard; Incorporation; Joker, the (Song); Karshner, Roger; Kelmar Record Pressing; Leo’s Casino; Moderni, Carl; Queen City Pressing; Radio; Record companies; Ridda Records; Robbins, Ridda (Artist); Testa, Jimmy

Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio); Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; Karshner, Roger; Music; Radio; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

02:06:45 - Recording in Cleveland (Ohio)

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Partial Transcript: I woke up this morning thinking 'I need to just go find out where these places were.'

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses audio recording in Cleveland (Ohio). They also talk about the development of magnetic recording in Germany during World War II and how it was brought to the United States.

Keywords: Audio Recording; Bass; Begun, Semi; Brush Development Company; Brush, C.F.; Brush, Charles; Butler, Chris (Artist); Carney, Ralph (Artist); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Commercial Recording; Crystal Recording Studios; Faithfull, Marianne (Artist); Faulkner, Roy; Fellini, Frederico; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Gage, George; Gates, George; General Broadcasting Company, Inc.; General Broadcasting System; General Broadcasting and Motion Pictures, Inc.; Germany; Gigax, Bruce; Guitars, bass; Hiatt, Stanley; Hyatt, Stanley; Jones, Donald C.; King, Tom (Artist); Mancini, Henry; Microphones; Microphones (models): Brush Crystal; Mission, the (Motion picture); Mitchell, E. E.; Motion Picture Productions, Inc.; Motion Pictures Sound; Recorders, wire; Recording, magnetic; Rosenberg, Arnie; Rota, Nino; Second World War; Spiros, David; Stanley, Michael; Swollen Monkeys, the (Artist); Tilbrook, Gilmore; Tin Huey (Artist); Waldner, Carl F.; Wilner, Hal; World War 2; World War II

Subjects: Bass guitar; Brush, Charles Francis, 1849-1929; Butler, Chris; Carney, Ralph; Cleveland (Ohio); Faithfull, Marianne; Fox, Jim; Germany; History of science and technology; King, Tom; Mancini, Henry; Microphone; Mission (Motion picture : 1986); Music; Rosenberg, Arnold; Rota, Nino, 1911-1979; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Tin Huey (Musical group); World War, 1939-1945

02:15:54 - More on The James Gang's guitarists

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Partial Transcript: You know, I just didn't, I don't know.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses the various guitarists who played with The James Gang and talks about his admiration for groups such as The Yardbirds and John Coltrane.

Keywords: All By Myself (Song); Atlantic Records; Beachwood (Ohio); Beachwood Studios; Bolin, Thomas (Artist); Carmen, Eric (Artist); Case of E.T. Hooley, the (Artist); Cobham, Billy (Artist); Coltrane, John (Artist); Deep Purple (Artist); Drugs; Drummers; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Go All the Way (Song); Guitarists; Hammer, Jan (Artist); Heroin; James Gang, the; Jones, Elvin (Artist); Peters, Dale (Artist); Raspberries, the (Artist); Shack, Richard (Artist); Spectrum (Album); Troiano, Domenic; Vaughan, Stevie Ray (Artist); Walsh, Joe (Artist); Yardbirds, the (Artist)

Subjects: Beachwood (Ohio); Bolin, Tommy; Carmen, Eric; Cobham, Billy; Coltrane, John; Deep Purple (Musical group); Drugs; Drummers; Fox, Jim; Guitarists; Hammer, Jan; Heroin; History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Jones, Elvin; Music; Raspberries (Musical group); Shack, Richard; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Troiano, Domenic; Vaughan, Stevie Ray.; Walsh, Joe; Yardbirds (Musical group)

02:30:31 - The Poor Girls

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Partial Transcript: Right, and, and, you know I think maybe all of us had that, to some extent.

Segment Synopsis: Fox and Schmidt Horning discuss her former band, The Poor Girls.

Keywords: Advertising; Commercials; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Horning, Susan Schmidt; Poor Girls, the (Artist); Schmidt Horning, Susan; Sears; Sears, Roebuck and Company; Shake a Tail Feather (Song)

Subjects: Advertising; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; Music; Sears, Roebuck and Company.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History

02:34:14 - Work with Mike Belkin

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Partial Transcript: But yeah, well, that's--but anyway, I don't know how we got onto that.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses his work as an artist and repertoire person for manager Mike Belkin, who managed groups like Wild Cherry.

Keywords: A&R (artist and repertoire); A&R department; Artist management; Belkin, Mike; Breathless (Artist); Carmen, Eric; Cleveland Recording; Concerts; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; James Gang, the (Artist); Lennon, John (Artist); Management; Managers; Moderni, Carl; Music producers; Peters, Dale; Play that Funky Rhythm (Song); Record companies; Record labels; Royalties; Songwriters; Songwriting; Stadiums; Stanley, Michael; Wild Cherry (Artist)

Subjects: Breathless (Musical group); Carmen, Eric; Concerts; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Lennon, John; Music; Peters, Dale E.; Record labels; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Stadiums; Stanley, Michael; Wild Cherry (Musical group)

02:39:44 - Recording studios

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Partial Transcript: Let, let me ask you to go back, um, because I want to get onto studios a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses recording studios, such as Cleveland Recording, in Cleveland (Ohio).

Keywords: Albert, Howard; Albert, Ron; Amplifiers (models): Fender Champ; Amplifiers (models): Marshall 50 watt; Atlantic Records; Atwater, Windsor; Audio Recording; Belkin, Mike; Bishop, Mike; Boddie, Thomas; Boddie, Tom; Breathless (Artist); Broadcasting; Charles, Ray (Artist); Chi Pig (Artist); Clair Bros. Audio Systems, Inc.; Clair Brothers; Clair Brothers Audio; Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland Recording; Criteria Recording; Criteria Recording Studios; Dorsey, Arnold “Engelbert Humperdinck” (Artist); Dowd, Tom; Fantasy Farm; Florida; Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Gayman, Don; Germany; Gigax, Bruce; Goldberg, Rube; Hamann, Ken; Hamann, Kenneth Richard; Hansen, John; Hensal, Bruce; Imminent domain; James Gang, the (Artist); Kramer, Eddie; Live engineering; Malakar, Vlad; Malakar, Vladimir; Mississippi Queen (Song); Mixing; New York (N.Y.); Novelty (Ohio); Patents; Peters, Dale (Artist); Petito, Joe; Plain Dealer, the; Ponytails, the (Artist); Radio broadcasting; Recording studios; Renner, Jack; Russ, Al; Salupo, Vic; Schuter; Sound engineering; Studio engineering; Telarc; Telarc Records; WDLK (Radio station); WDOK (Radio station); WERE (Radio station); WGAR (Radio station); Walsh, Joe (Artist); Wexler, Jerry; Wild Cherry (Artist); Wilson, Brian (Artist); Wolf, Fred

Subjects: Broadcasting; Charles, Ray, 1930-2004.; Chi Pig (Musical group); Cleveland (Ohio); Dowd, Tom; Florida; Fox, Jim; Germany; Goldberg, Rube; Hansen, James; History of science and technology; James Gang (Artist); Kramer, Eddie; Music; New York (N.Y.); Patents; Peters, Dale E.; Plain Dealer (Firm); Radio; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Walsh, Joe; Wexler, Jerry; Wild Cherry (Musical group); Wilson, Brian, 1942-; Wolf, Fred

GPS: Cleveland (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.482222, -81.669722
03:01:43 - Audio engineers

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Partial Transcript: You can probably relate to some of this.

Segment Synopsis: Fox discusses fellow audio engineers in the recording business who worked with him during his time in The James Gang.

Keywords: Beach Boys, the (Artist); Capitol Records; Carnegie Hall; Carroll, Gene; Cassotto, Walden “Bobby Darin” (Artist); Cleveland (Ohio); Cleveland International Records; Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Recording; Country Fair (Song); Darin, Bobby (Artist); Fox, James; Fox, Jim; Hamann, Ken; Hamann, Kenneth Richard; James Gang, the (Artist); Little Surfer Girl (Song); Mixing; Music producers; Philadelphia Orchestra; Phillips, Sam; Polka music; Popovich, Steve; Production; Recordists; Surfing Safari (Song); Surfin’ (Song); Surfin’ Again (Song); Surfin’ USA (Song); Their Hearts were Full of Spring (Song); Toscanini, Arturo; Venet, Nick; Walk Away (Song); Walsh, Joe (Artist); Wexler, Jerry; Wilson, Murray

Subjects: Beach Boys.; Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.); Carroll, Gene; Darin, Bobby; Fox, Jim; History of science and technology; James Gang (Musical group); Music; Phillips, Sam.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957.; Walsh, Joe; Wilson, Murry