Howard Durbin Passes Away

Howard Durbin, an MI industry veteran, died on Aug. 10. He was 93 years old.

According to NAMM's Oral History program, Durbin was hired by RCA following World War II and worked within the engineering department on improving the phonograph record. He was assigned to the team that addressed "unbreakable" 78s, developed the 45 record, and later worked on the Red Seal LP. He attended The NAMM Show during those years, which often showcased performers from top record companies such as RCA. In the late 1940s, Howard worked for Electro-Voice, then moved to Los Angeles in 1973 to work for JBL.

"He retired from the industry in 1982 but recalled names and events as if it was the week before when he was interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program in 2012," said Dan Del Fiorentino, music historian for NAMM.