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.
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.
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.
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.
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