Interview with Dave Teig, February 9, 1999

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Background and childhood

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Partial Transcript: --a story and I don't want to miss it.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses his childhood and background in audio engineering.

Keywords: Background; Basin Street Boys, the (Artist); Bell Sound Studios; Big bands; Classical music; Discs; Dixon, Robert M. W.; Germany; Goodman, Benny; I Sold My Heart to the Junkman (Song); Jordan, Louis (Artist); Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five (Artist); Martin, Tony; Music; Musicraft Records; New York University; Petersburg (Va.); Radio announcers; Radio production; Radios; Recording studios; Recording tape; Recording the Blues (Book); Royce Records; Television production; Tenors (Singers); WESSV (Radio station); Weintraub, Al

Subjects: Big band music.; Goodman, Benny; Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986; History of science and technology; Jordan, Louis; Jordan, Louis, 1894-; Martin, Tony; Martin, Tony, 1913-2012; Music.; New York (N.Y.); New York University.; Petersburg (Va.); Radio--Production and direction.; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Weintraub, Alan

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 40.7128, -74.0059
00:06:16 - Leaving radio to work as an audio engineer

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Partial Transcript: I was in radio for a lot of years, but the reason that I left radio was that a friend of mine, that I, I knew for years, he had a recording studio, and he was expanding.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses why he left radio in order to pursue a career as an audio engineer at Bell Sound Studios.

Keywords: Anka, Paul (Artist); Bell Sound Studios; Costa, Don; Discs; Exodus to Jazz (Album); Expansion; Harris, Eddie (Artist); Jazz; Radio engineers; Recording studios; Recording, discs; Weintraub, Al

Subjects: Anka, Paul; Bell (Sound recording labels); Costa, Don; Harris, Edward, 1910-; Radio engineers; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Weintraub, Alan

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:10:35 - Equipment at Bell Sound Studios in the late 1950s and early 1960s

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Partial Transcript: Oh, okay. So what kind of equipment was there at the new studio?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the type of equipment he used during his days at Bell Sound Studios.

Keywords: Ampex Electric Corporation; Audio devices; Consoles (recording); Corman, Dan; Electronics; Mono; Recorders, tape; Recorders, tape (models): Ampex 300; Stereo; Teig, Dave

Subjects: Ampex Corporation; Audio equipment industry; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:12:00 - Others studios in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s

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Partial Transcript: You know, at this time, what other studios were you aware of? Or were you aware of any?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the other studios with which Bell Sound Studios competed.

Keywords: A&R Recording; Fine Recording; Fine, Bob; Lifton, Bob; Miller, Mitch; Recording studios; Regent Sound; Teig, Dave; Zack, Jim

Subjects: Bell (Sound recording labels); History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:13:13 - Employment at Bell Sound Studios / collaboration and competition with other sound engineers

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Partial Transcript: Okay, so, you are hired in what capacity at Bell?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses his duties at Bell Sound Studios and talks about collaboration and competition with other audio engineers.

Keywords: All City Radio Workshop; Announcers; Audio engineering; Bell Sound Studios; Brooklyn Technical High School; Discs; Keith, Larry; Radio engineers; Radio production; Record labels; Recording lathes; Recording studios; Teig, Dave; Weintraub, Al

Subjects: Bell (Sound recording label); Brooklyn Technical High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.); History of science and technology; Lathes; Music; Record labels; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-; Weintraub, Alan

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:18:06 - Record recording and manufacturing at Bell Sound Studios

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Partial Transcript: I had three pe--uh, uh, girls working in the, uh, production office.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses recording and manufacturing records at Bell Sound Studios.

Keywords: Discs; Equalization; Gordy, Berry; Mastering; Mastering engineer; Mixing; Music producers; Record lathes; Record manufacturing; Records, kinds of: acetate; Spector, Phil; Teig, Dave

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Gordy, Berry; Gordy, Berry, 1888-1978; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Spector, Phil; Spector, Phil, 1939-; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:20:34 - Musical covers

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Partial Transcript: Another thing that was true about those days was they used to do what they called cover. There were a lot of covering.

Segment Synopsis: Teig talks about the practice of covering, in which a song is recorded by multiple artists.

Keywords: Audio recording; Music; Music producers; Musical covers; Musicians; Records, kinds of: lacquer; Teig, Dave

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:21:02 - Plating and pressing records

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Partial Transcript: And because there was the possibility of being a hit, they used to cut lots of sets of lacquers, and they used to have the plating plant guy waiting--

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the plating and pressing of records.

Keywords: Audio Matrix; Bridgeport (Conn.); Columbia Records, Inc.; Longwear; MasterCraft; Pressing plant; Record manufacturing; Record plating; Record plating, Longwear; Record pressing; Records, kinds of: lacquer; Stamp Brands; Stamp Brands Stamp Company; Switchers, Audio Matrix; Teig, Dave

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Bridgeport (Conn.); History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:22:51 - Discretion in the music industry / Don Howard's 'Oh Happy Day'

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Partial Transcript: I don't know how you're going to put this all together.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the importance of discretion in the recording business, and recalls the recording of Don Howard's hit 'Oh Happy Day.'

Keywords: Arrangers; Booking; Canton (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); Demonstrations; Demos; Essex Records; Glosser, Dick; Hit records; Howard, Don (Artist); Marketing; Miller, Dave (Artist); Music covers; Music industry; Music producers; Oh Happy Day (Song); Recording business; Recording studios; Schneider Recording Studio; Schneider, Hank; Triple A Records

Subjects: Canton (Ohio); Cleveland (Ohio); History of science and technology; Howard, Don; Howard, Don (Singer); Miller, Dave; Miller, Dave, 1891-1979; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:26:07 - Monty Kelly and 'The Soul of Spain' album

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Partial Transcript: Dave Miller was also the creator of 101 Strings. Have you ever heard of 101 Strings?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses Monty Kelly and 101 Strings' album 'The Soul of Spain.'

Keywords: 101 Strings; 101 Strings Orchestra; Addey, Malcolm; Germany; Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestra; Kelly, Monty (Artist); London (England); Media (Pa.); Miller, Dave (Artist); Musicians; Somerset Records; Swarthmore College; Teig, Dave; The Soul of Spain (Album)

Subjects: 101 Strings; 101 Strings Orchestra; Germany.; History of science and technology; Kelly, Monty; London (England); Media (Pa.); Miller, Dave; Miller, Dave, 1891-1979; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Swarthmore College; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:28:20 - Malcolm Addey

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Partial Transcript: Have you got to interview, uh, Malcolm Addey?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses his colleague, Malcolm Addey.

Keywords: Addey, Malcolm; Electrical and Musical Industries (EMI); Immigration

Subjects: Addey, Malcolm; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:29:35 - Bell Sound Studios between 1958 and 1974

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Partial Transcript: Tell me more about that period at Bell Sound, between '58 and '74.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses his time at Bell Sound Studios between 1958 and 1974.

Keywords: Audio engineering; Bell Sound Studios; Capitol Records; Columbia Records, Inc.; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); Plunkett, Donald; RCA Records; Teig, Dave; Unions

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Capitol Records, Inc.; Columbia Records, Inc.; History of science and technology; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Music; RCA Records; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 40.7128, -74.0059
00:31:51 - Remote recording

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Partial Transcript: It's making that squeaky noise again, but it's fine.

Segment Synopsis: Teig talks about remote recording at the Copacabana Night Club.

Keywords: Addey, Malcolm; Copacabana (Night club : New York, N.Y.); Copacabana Nightclub; Prima, Louie (Artist); Recording studios; Remote recording; Smith, Keely (Artist)

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Copacabana (Night club : New York, N.Y.); History of science and technology; Music; Prima, Louis, 1910-1978; Record labels.; Smith, Keely; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:33:04 - Recording technology at Bell Sound Studios

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Partial Transcript: Now, what was Bell equipped to do at this point?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the changes in technology that occurred during his tenure at Bell Sound Studios.

Keywords: ABC Records; Ampex Corporation; Audio engineering; Bell Sound Studios; Cartridges; Cronin, Dan; Duplicating; Duplicators; Fujii, Mort; Lorber, Alan; Maintenance engineers; Mono; Multi-tracking; New Jersey; Profits; Recorder heads; Recorder, tape (models): Ampex 8-track; Recorders, tape; Signal to noise ratios; Sony Corporation; Stereo; Viewlex, Inc.; Weintraub, Al

Subjects: Ampex Corporation; Audio equipment industry; Bell (Sound recording label); History of science and technology; Music; New Jersey; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Stereophonic sound systems.; Teig, David, 1928-; Weintraub, Alan

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:45:15 - Atlantic Records

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Partial Transcript: The feelers went out and I got an offer to work at Atlantic Studios--Atlantic Records.

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses working at Atlantic Records.

Keywords: Arrangers; Atlantic Records; Barretto, Lou Barreto; Como, Perry (Artist); Conductors; Costa, Don Costa; Parito, Nick; Recording studios; Rockefeller Center; Smith Employment Agency; Smith, Aileen; Teig, Dave; Warner Brothers

Subjects: Como, Perry, 1912-2001; Costa, Don; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Rockefeller Center.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-; Warner Brother's Company

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 40.7128, -74.0059
00:47:53 - Cost of studio time and equipment

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember what studio time was when you first started? How much?

Segment Synopsis: Teig discusses the rising cost of studio time and equipment during his career.

Keywords: Atlantic Records; Audio devices; Bell Sound Studios; Consoles (recording); Cost; Discounts; Dowd, Tom Reverse faders; Equipment; Purchase orders; Recording lathes, Neumann; Recording studio time; Recording studios; Stoddard, Bill Stoddard; Stork, John; Vogel, Sheldon

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; Bell (Sound recording label); Dowd, Tom; History of science and technology; Lathes; Music; Naumann; Record labels.; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-; Vogel, Sheldon A.

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
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00:52:33 - Leaving Atlantic Records and founding the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS)

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Partial Transcript: I don't believe I, I got any information on how he left Atlantic, or why he left Atlantic.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer discusses Teig's leaving Atlantic Records and the founding of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS).

Keywords: Atlantic Records; Consoles (mixing); Consoles (recording); Harned, Grover "Jeep"; Music Center International (MCI); Recording studio managers; Recording studios; Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS); Sony Corporation; Teig, Dave

Subjects: Audio equipment industry; History of science and technology; Music; Record labels.; Sony Corporation; Sound recording industry; Sound recording industry--History; Sound recordings; Sound--Recording and reproducing; Sound--Recording and reproducing--History; Teig, David, 1928-

GPS: New York (N.Y.)
Map Coordinates: 40.7128, -74.0059