Charles ‘Chick’ Ganimian (1926-1988), was an Armenian-American professional musician and singer known for his virtuosity on the oud. Ganimian played the music of Anatolia, Turkey, and Armenia.
Ganimian was born in 1926 in Troy, N.Y., to Armenian parents who had emigrated from Marash, Turkey in 1922. In his home, he heard the music of the “old country” performed by his father, Nishan, an amateur oud player and singer. Since the family spoke both Armenian and Turkish at home, Chick became fluent in both languages. The basic repertoire he used throughout his career was molded by the music he heard and learned in his youth. Major influences were his father, Oudi Hrant Kenkuloglu, and Oudi Yorgo Bacanos. When he was ten, he studied the violin, attaining some skill on the instrument. When he was seventeen, the family moved to Washington Heights, N.Y..
Cherry Wainer (March 2, 1935 – November 14, 2014) was a South African-born musician, best known as a member of Lord Rockingham’s XI and a soloist on the Hammond organ.
Wainer was born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, and first became known to UK television audiences as a regular in the 1950s magazine programme Lunchbox, with Noele Gordon. She subsequently featured as a session musician in Oh, Boy!, one of the first British series to feature rock’n’roll regularly, with Lord Rockingham’s XI, a “scratch” band led by Harry Robinson, which also included Benny Green and Red Price. Their single, “Hoots Mon”, was number one in the UK charts in 1958. Along with the band, Wainer appeared in the 1959 Royal Variety Performance, held at the Palace Theatre, Manchester.
Wainer married drummer Don Storer (died 2006), with whom she appeared regularly as a duo during the 1960s. They appeared regularly in a German television series, Beat! Beat! Beat (1967). Wainer released several solo albums and four singles, none of which made the UK charts.
Cherry Wainer died in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 14, 2014, aged 79.
Godmother of Rock’n’Roll