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Vincent Lopez
By Craig Brougher

Kylie Coggins was asking about Vincent Lopez' history with Ampico. Some
years ago, various people who knew Vincent said that generally, Vincent
didn't play any of his own music. Those tunes were arranged in his
style and played by artists like Adam Carroll.

When Mr. Lopez played with his orchestra, he often didn't even use much
left hand, so that would have to be arranged in as well. As I
understand (and it may be just hearsay) for his debut with Ampico, the
Ampico Corp. had Vincent and his band to the factory for a tour and PR
photos, which they could hand out to any publications so interested.

At that same time, Mr. Lopez may or may not have played a few of his
numbers on the registering piano there, but if he did so, they were
probably just for the sake of the editors in getting details of his
individual striking and pedaling correct. I don't believe he made even
one single roll. Those arrangements were strictly "formula."

He was asked by someone at a big gathering -- possibly a convention --
about his roll making, and he suddenly became very quiet and didn't
answer any of their questions about it (maybe he thought he was still
under the gag order and would have to give up his royalties if he
spilled the beans). So if the owner of the Raggety-Ann tune likes it,
he should give the credit (usually) to Adam Carroll.

Craig Brougher

(Message sent Sat 7 Aug 1999, 12:36:55 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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