|Died||September 9, 1995|
|Genres||Folk, Blues, Ragtime, Roots music|
|Instruments||Twelve-string guitar, guitar, banjo|
|Labels||Elektra, Imperial Records|
Dick Rosmini (1936 - September 9, 1995) was an American guitarist, at one time considered the best 12-string guitarist in the world. He was best known for his role in the American "folk revival" of the 1960s. He died September 9, 1995 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 59.
His album Adventures for 12 string, 6 string, and banjo, predates much of John Fahey and Leo Kottke and other American Primitivism guitarists, which Kottke cited as an early influence. Rosmini was also a noted banjo player. In 1978 he wrote a booklet on multitrack recording called TEAC Multitrack Primer.
Rosmini had already appeared as a sideman with Bob Gibson at Chicago's Gate of Horn; with Art Podell & Paul Potash at New York's Cafe Wha?; as soloist and singer at Los Angele's Ash Grove; with Barbara Dane in a concert tour with Bob Newhart; and in association with Pernell Roberts in Bonanza.
He subsequently taught recording for over a decade at the University of Southern California and had a hand in the evolution of motion picture sound into its present day form. His constant fight to make audio electronics accessible to musicians led to his development of many of Tascam's multitrack and portable multitrack recorders and mixers. He was a consultant to JBL on the monumental musical instrument transducer K-series 120 and 130, whose sound is the sound of popular music itself. He codesigned JBL studio monitors and participated in their integration into Hollywood's top studios.
- 1964: Adventures for 12-String, 6-String and Banjo (Elektra)
- 1969: A Genuine Rosmini (Imperial)
- 1973: Sessions (JBL)
- 1974: Home Made with Teac
- 1976: Original Soundtrack Recording from the Paramount Motion Picture Leadbelly
- 1979: Original Soundtrack Recording from the United Artists Motion Picture The Black Stallion
- 1957: I Come For To Sing, Bob Gibson
- 1958: There's a Meetin' Here Tonight, Bob Gibson
- 1960: Songs Of Earth And Sky, Art and Paul
- 1961: Hangin', Drinkin' And Stuff Art and Paul
- 1961: Van Ronk Sings, Dave Van Ronk
- 1963: Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies, Pernell Roberts
- 1964: A Folksinger’s Choice, Theodore Bikel
- 1964: Changes, Modern Folk Quartet
- 1967: Steve Gillette, Steve Gillette
- 1968: Song Cycle, Van Dyke Parks
- 1969: Greatest Hits, Phil Ochs
- 1969: Bob Gibson, Bob Gibson
- 1970: To Be Free, Jackie DeShannon
- 1970: California Stop Over, Johnny Darrell
- 1970: Ivan the Ice Cream Man, Ivan Ulz
- 1971: Sweet Country Suite, Larry Murray
- 1971: Songs, Paul Parrish
- 1971: Cyrus, Cyrus Faryar
- 1971: Songs, Jackie DeShannon
- 1972: Let's Spend the Night Together, Claudine Longet
- 1972: Malvina, Malvina Reynolds
- 1973: Duelin' Banjo, Doug Dillard
- 1973: Islands, Cyrus Faryar
- 1974: Digby Richards, Digby Richards
- 1974: Richard Ruskin, Rick Ruskin
- 1974: You Don't Need a Reason to Sing, Doug Dillard
- 1975: Microphone Fever, Rick Ruskin
- 1975: Southbound, Hoyt Axton
- 1977: Six String Conspiracy, Rick Ruskin
- 1977: Roadsongs, Hoyt Axton
- 1977: More Rod '77, Rod McKuen
- In Memoriam by Drew Daniels.
- Allmusic listing for Adventures for 12 string, 6 string, and banjo Accessed October 28, 2008.
- Skip Weschner, liner notes to "Adventures for 12 string, 6 string, and banjo".