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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