Bill Bell and his Tuba CD

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 ... read more