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Leo Fender
Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender
introduced his first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, in 1950. The iconic Fender Stratocaster, made famous by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Holly, and others, was introduced in 1954. He also designed and built a series of amplifiers, an electric lap guitar, and an electric bass guitar.

Arthur Fiedler
Arthur Fiedler
became conductor of the Boston Pops in 1930, and held that position until his death in 1979. Under his leadership, the Boston Pops quickly became one of the best-known orchestras in the country.

Seiji Ozawa
Seiji Ozawa
began studying conducting after injuries to his hands prevented his becoming a professional pianist. He became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973, and served as such until 2002.

Phil Spector
(Harvey) Phillip Spector
began his music career as part of a group known as The Teddy Bears. He is best known, however, for his "Wall of Sound," which featured large groups of instruments recorded as a whole, multiple overdubs, and special added sound effects.

Arturo Toscanini
Arturo Toscanini
became an accomplished conductor at the age of 19, despite having no training as a conductor. He subsequently enjoyed a 60+-year career as one of the world's most recognized, and most popular conductors in the world.

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