The NBC-Chicago Staff Musicians

Right: Joseph Gallichio at the helm of the NBC-Chicago Orchestra, a superb group of musicians. The photo probably dates from the late 1950's, when NBC still had forty-four musicians on staff in Chicago. The NBC-Chicago Orchestra

Thanks to the clout of the American Federation of Musicians---and especially its powerful Chicago-based Local 10---NBC was obliged to mantain a substantial quota of staff musicans long after there was any real need for live performers.

These folks could could play, at sight, almost anything you could hand them. The wondrous talents of studio musicians have largely been forgotten in this age when most of the music we hear is produced digitally

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