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A Portrait of Bud Averill

Theremin Player Bud Averill.

“Bud” Averill was a very obscure Thereminist and the proprietor of a restaurant (late 30’s, early 40’s?). I am not sure exactly where! I think it was in California. “Bud” used to entertain his customers at “Paradise Cafe” with the Theremin. Oh yeah, Kansas City Steaks and Georgia Fried Chicken were their specialty! I believe […]

Blue Mirage

Samuel Hoffman
Blue Mirage
Samuel HoffmanBlue Mirage
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Sam plays Theremin in this old classic.

Freddy Quinn’s Blue Mirage

Samuel Hoffman
Freddy Quinn’s Blue Mirage
Samuel HoffmanFreddy Quinn’s Blue Mirage
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A song from 1962 by Manfred “Freddy” Quinn. I believe that this is Sam Hoffman on Theremin, but I am not positive. I think the best Theremin part is the last 15 seconds of the song. I will be deleting this song soon, so get it while you can!

Hypnotic Duel

Samuel Hoffman
Hypnotic Duel
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From the motion picture “The 5000 Fingers Of Dr. T”. Circa 1953 from a 33 1/3 RPM bootleg record. I don’t believe this soundtrack was ever “officially” released. This film also features lyrics and stage sets by none other than Dr. Suess…

The Lark

Alexander Breton
The Lark
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This is just a short clip of myself playing “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka. I used a vintage Electro-Harmonix golden throat tube box to try to make the Theremin sound more vocal, just for fun! It kind of backfired in my face in this recording, however this is an interesting combination… This was my first attempt recording this way. I have been experimenting with Throat-Tube-Theremin for some time and it is amazing what can be done. More coming soon!

Struttin’ With Clayton

Samuel Hoffman
Struttin’ With Clayton
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A cool tune from 1948 by Leslie Baxter. It is from the “Perfume Set To Music” era. This is the only song that is missing from the Hoffman box set. Sam has a Theremin part that starts near the middle of this song. Side B on this RCA Victor 45 RPM.

So Attracted To You

Samuel Hoffman
So Attracted To You
Samuel HoffmanSo Attracted To You
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A great spooky cha-cha tune from 1959 by Herbi Silvers and his Orchestra. This song features Leon “Herbi” Silver on vocals and saxophone and his “Silver Belles”. According to the record, Sam plays “Theremin Effects”. Side A on this Sutter 45 RPM.

No More Sunshine

Samuel Hoffman
No More Sunshine
Samuel HoffmanNo More Sunshine
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A hand-clappin’, finger-snappin’ Doo Wop classic from 1959 by Herbi Silvers and his Orchestra. This song features Leon “Herbi” Silver on vocals and saxophone and his “Silver Belles”. According to the record, Sam plays “Theremin Effects”. Side B on this Sutter 45 RPM.