Interview with Ed Smith, January 23, 1999

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, Susan Schmidt Horning discusses the career and personal life of audio engineer Ed Smith. Tracing his career back to the early days of King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, Smith discusses the equipment he used to record legendary musicians such as Nina Simone, Mel Torme, and Duke Ellington.
Smith then discusses leaving King Records for Bell Sound Studios in New York. He recounts the technology he utilized at Bell Sound Studios and the musical artists with whom he worked. He also recounts his personal life and discusses his family.

Smith then talks about his time at Mayfair Recording and the advent of tape recorders, which he feels changed the music business.
Finally, Smith discusses the hearing loss caused by years of audio engineering and talks about his retirement. Schmidt Horning and Smith end the interview by looking through Smith's copious scrapbooks and recounting the artists with whom he worked.

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2016oh205_chase037

Interviewee Name

Ed Smith

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1999-01-23

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Smith, Ed Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 23 Jan. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Smith, E. (1999, January 23). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Smith, Ed, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. January 23, 1999, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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