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ClarkThe Autobiography of Clark Terry$
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Clark Terry and Gwen Terry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520268463

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520268463.001.0001

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41. NBC

Gwen Terry

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The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) maintained a staff of 175 musicians and Clark was to be the first Negro musician in the group. Although apprehensive, Clark was proud to be representing his race. Clark describes NBC as a great band, in which he was immediately propelled into the world of “first-call musicians.” The band had a lot of work in hand and was most sought after by the contractors for television commercials, radio work, and recording sessions. Clark even hired a hired a service called Radio Registry to keep up with his hectic schedule. As a part of NBC, Clark was making a truckload of money, working with a truckload of stellar musicians at the commercial dates. Clark describes his association with the NBS as a great experience.

Keywords:   National Broadcasting Corporation, Negro musician, first-call musicians, Radio Registry, contractor

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