Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI:

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The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) maintained a staff of 175 musicians and Clark was to be the first Negro musician in the group. Although apprehensive, Clark was proud to be representing his race. Clark describes NBC as a great band, in which he was immediately propelled into the world of “first-call musicians.” The band had a lot of work in hand and was most sought after by the contractors for television commercials, radio work, and recording sessions. Clark even hired a hired a service called Radio Registry to keep up with his hectic schedule. As a part of NBC, Clark was making a truckload of money, working with a truckload of stellar musicians at the commercial dates. Clark describes his association with the NBS as a great experience.

Keywords: National Broadcasting Corporation; Negro musician; first-call musicians; Radio Registry; contractor

Chapter.  1201 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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