Dick Rosmini

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Dick Rosmini
Birth name Richard John Rosmini
Born (1936-10-04)October 4, 1936
New York, United States
Died September 9, 1995(1995-09-09) (aged 58)
Los Angeles, California, US
Genres Folk, Blues, Ragtime, Roots music
Occupations Guitarist, author
Instruments Twelve-string guitar, guitar, banjo
Labels Elektra, Imperial Records

Richard John "Dick" Rosmini (October 4, 1936 - September 9, 1995)[1] was an American guitarist, at one time considered the best 12-string guitarist in the world.[2] He was best known for his role in the American "folk revival" of the 1960s.


He was born in New York and grew up in Greenwich Village, where he learned guitar and began performing in clubs.[2] During the 1960s, he was employed as the main jewelry photographer for Tiffany & Co..[3]

His 1964 album Adventures for 12 String, 6 String, and Banjo, predates much of John Fahey and Leo Kottke and other American Primitivism guitarists,[4] which Kottke cited as an early influence. Rosmini was also a noted banjo player. 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 Angeles' Ash Grove; with Barbara Dane in a concert tour with Bob Newhart; and in association with Pernell Roberts in Bonanza.[5] Rosmini continued his career in music as a sideman on numerous folk albums, including those by Bob Gibson, Eric Weissberg, Dave Van Ronk, Ananda Shankar, Hoyt Axton and others before leaving music to pursue a career in photography.[6]

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. In 1978 he wrote a booklet on multitrack recording called TEAC Multitrack Primer. 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 co-designed JBL studio monitors and participated in their integration into Hollywood's top studios.

He died on September 9, 1995 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 58.[2]



  • 1976: Original Soundtrack Recording from the Paramount Motion Picture Leadbelly
  • 1979: Original Soundtrack Recording from the United Artists Motion Picture The Black Stallion

With others[edit]

  • 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
  • 1970: Ananda Shankar, Ananda Shankar
  • 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


  1. ^ California, Death Index, 1940-1997, Ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b c In Memoriam by Drew Daniels.
  3. ^ Dick Rosmini at Elektra Records. Retrieved 9 April 2014
  4. ^ Allmusic listing for Adventures for 12 string, 6 string, and banjo Accessed October 28, 2008.
  5. ^ Skip Weschner, liner notes to "Adventures for 12 string, 6 string, and banjo".
  6. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2010). The Great Folk Discography: Pioneers and Early Legends. Edinburgh: Polygon Books. p. 255. ISBN 978-1-84697-141-9. 

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