BILL BELL AND HIS TUBAEarly on a cold wintry Friday morning in February 1957 I received a telephone call from my teacher and mentor William Bell. He told me his solo LP recording for Golden Crest Records was scheduled for release, and that a photography studio was reserved for the next day, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. He asked if I had a decent looking recording tuba he could borrow, that his tuba had lacquer missing and wouldn’t do for a cover photo. I told Mr. Bell I had just received notice that a new Martin tuba I had ordered with both upright and recording bells was due for delivery Monday morning. I called the warehouse shipping clerk and arranged to pick up the instrument before 7:00 p.m., saving them a delivery. Carol met me at Webster Hall on 11th street w I was recording until 5:00 p.m. We drove over to Jane Street by the Hudson River to claim the new tuba. So we could fit everything into our Buick convertible we had the warehouse crew help unpack the tuba and two bells. The three large boxes and wood shavings were stuffed into huge oil drums and set afire. As we drove off I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a spectacular sight of windblown sparks as high as 100 feet. Carol and I couldn’t believe what we were seeing. As soon as we arrived home, I notified Mr. Bell that we would deliver the tuba tomorrow in time for the photo shoot. Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. we met Mr. Bell at the photography studio across from the Radio City Music Hall 51st Street stage door. A number of color photos were taken with the new Martin tuba and was chosen for the new record jacket. When the LP was released, it created quite a stir at the H. N. White Company, manufacturer of the King brand tubas, advertised as the exclusive choice of tuba artist William Bell. Sunday I received a telegram from Martin Company President Fritz Holtz advising me that my new Martin tuba had been destroyed in a warehouse fire and would be replaced as soon as possible. I had the pleasure of calling Fritz and telling him the tuba was safe. The second issue of “Bill Bell and His Tuba” featured a black and white photo of Mr. Bell standing with his King tuba. By Harvey G. Phillips BILL BELL AND HIS TUBA Herman Hupfield When Yuba Plays The Rumba On The Tuba Arthur J. Lamb & Henry Petrie/W. Bell Asleep In The Deep Edvard Greig/W. Bell In The Hall Of The Mountain King from Peer Gynt Carr/W. Bell Tuba Man B. Landes/W. Bell The Elephant’ s Tango J. Merle Mummers (Danse Grotesque) Jean-Baptiste Arban/W. Bell Carnival Of Venice W.A. Mozart/W. Bell O Isis and Osiris Handel/Beethoven/W. Bell Variations On The Theme Of Judas Maccabeus R. Schuman/W. Bell The Jolly Farmer Goes To Town Sergei Prokofiev *Peter And The Wolf J.S. Bach/Ed Sauter *Komm Susser Todd International Tuba-Euphonium Association Paganini/W. Bell *Moto Perpetuo * Indicates songs not on the original Golden Crest record PROGRAM NOTES (FROM LP3015 AND RE-ISSUE CR4027) Contact Information: WindSong Press Ltd. PO Box 146 Gurnee, Il 60031
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