Like the best practitioners in this field, Rob is a showman as well as a musician. If you’ve never heard him in person, it’s worth a trip to the El Capitan. He’ll be playing for Frankenweenie and then The Nightmare Before Christmas at most weekend shows. For more information about the El Capitan schedule, click HERE. And if you’d like to read more about Rob, or purchase one of his CDs, click HERE.
I’ve always enjoyed the sound of a theater organ, and I look forward to any opportunity when a master of the instrument like Dennis James accompanies a great silent film. But having recently read Ross Melnick's informative book American Showman, about movie theater impresario Roxy Rothafel, I realized that I’ve never listened to some of the great musicians who worked under his aegis and set the standard for this kind of music.
If you’re in the habit of downloading music rather than buying physical CDs these days, you’ll miss out on the highly informative liner notes written by Ron Musselman of the Journal of the American Theatre Organ Society. And while you’re at it, do check out Jim Bedoian’s other releases, a cornucopia of material for anyone who loves music of the 1920s and 30s. (Some years ago, I had the pleasure of writing notes for Jim’s excellent Cliff Edwards CD collection.)
About four years ago, Rob Richards gave me a backstage tour at the El Capitan so I could see the formidable inner workings of his Wurlitzer organ. He provided the caption information for my photos, which I present in the following gallery. Enjoy!
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