Scott Page

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Scott Page
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Background information
Genres Rock, Blues, Funk, R&B
Occupation(s) Technologist, entrepreneur, musician, and songwriter
Instruments Saxophone, guitar, flute, oboe, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Years active 1960–present
Labels Various
Associated acts Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Toto, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Spinal Tap, Spud Murphy
Website www.iamscottpage.com
Notable instruments

Scott Page is a musician, technologist and entrepreneur.

As a performer he is widely recognized as the saxophonist/guitarist for Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto.[1] As an entrepreneur, Page formed Walt Tucker Productions, an audio video post production company (1987) that included projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions and others.[2][3] He also co-founded 7th Level, Inc., an award-winning CD-ROM game and educational software company.[4] At 7th Level he co-produced Tuneland, the world’s first interactive musical cartoon (starring Howie Mandel), the globally lauded Monty Python interactive series, and was part of the development of QD7 when 7th Level partnered with Quincy Jones, an interactive multimedia joint venture with Quincy Jones and David Salzman (1992).[5][6] Page co-founded New Media Broadcasting Company a social media and collaborative communications enterprise (2001) whose clients included, Will Smith, Monty Python, Toto and Institute for Systems Biology; and co-founded and served as CEO of Direct2Care, an online healthcare presence management company (2011).[7][8]

Page frequently serves as an invited guest lecturer and panelist at numerous new media conferences and university symposia. Currently, he is a featured guest mentor on the weekly syndicated radio show Business Rockstars, hosted by Ken Rutkowski.[9] He recently co-founded GetYourOPI, an online presence management company.[10] As an artist he continues to record and play live performances.[11]

Early life[edit]

Scott Page was born in 1954. He is the son of Bill Page, a musician and entrepreneur who is best known for his work as reed player and band leader for the Lawrence Welk Show. At the age of 6, Page's earliest nationally broadcast musical performance was on ABC-TV's Lawrence Welk Show; he played in a Christmas special during an appearance with his father.[12]

Music[edit]

Following his musical performances on the Lawrence Welk Show as a child, Page played in studio projects for Geronimo Black, The Alpha Band, and the Ladd McIntosh Big Band in his early adult years. Page came to prominence, however, on Supertramp's 1983 ...Famous Last Words... Tour.[13]

Supertramp[edit]

Scott Page joined Supertramp in support of the "...Famous Last Words... Tour" (1983). It marked the first time musicians would join Supertramp as touring band members.[14] The tour also featured Fred Mandel, among the added personnel.[15] In addition to his instrumental work on the tour, Page provided vocals, e.g., on the live version of the hit It's Raining Again, John Helliwell and Page sang the lower harmonies while Roger Hodgson sang higher harmonies.[16] The tour marked the first time Hodgson spoke to the audience during the shows, thanking fans and announcing his forthcoming departure from Supertramp.[17] It was Supertramp's most ambitious tour, filling stadiums around the world with Page on board.[18]

Following the successful ...Famous Last Words... Tour, Page stayed with Supertramp, entering the studio with the band and performing live with them through the album and tour for Brother Where You Bound (1985-1986) as well as for studio work on Free as a Bird (1987).[19]

Toto[edit]

In 1985 Scott Page had the opportunity to tour with Toto (between the end of Supertramp's ...Famous Last Words... Tour and the band's return to the studio for work on Brother Where You Bound).[20] This was a promotional tour for Toto's album Isolation. The 1985 leg of the tour spanned February through May of that year and two dates in 1986, in April of that year.[21]

Pink Floyd[edit]

In 1986, Scott Page was approached by David Gilmour to play on the new, Gilmour-led version of Pink Floyd. Page was asked to record the saxophone parts for the track The Dogs of War in what would become the A Momentary Lapse of Reason album.

Upon completion of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason album, as the band prepared for its first tour in its new incarnation, Gilmour, Nick Mason, and the band's management began looking for musicians that could add a combination of "musical skills" and showmanship in an effort to bring a new complexion to the band's stage presence.[22] Page was hired and immediately joined the band in Toronto, Canada for rehearsals.YouTube link Page played for the duration of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour with the exception of the band's last performance under that tour's umbrella: an isolated, special performance at Knebworth Park on June 30, 1990.[23] Despite being cast as part of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, the Knebworth Park date took place nearly one year after the preceding tour date and included a number of guest musicians that were not part of the band's regular recording and touring team.[24] (Candy Dulfer played saxophone in Page's place.)[25]

Mason referred to Scott Page as "another stage show in his own right."[26] Page "would be rendered instantly recognizable to fans in even the cheapest stadium seats by his lavish mullet hairstyle."[27] As Pink Floyd historian Mark Blake illustrates in Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, the band was specifically looking to add "the presence of younger and more flamboyant band members" and Page was a good fit with his "elaborately coiffured" look and a willingness to participate to the fullest extent possible in the band's live performance (often adding the texture of an additional rhythm guitar between saxophone performances).[28] Producer Bob Ezrin would later state that Page "came with the territory;" the band meant for it "to be a more visual show."[28]

Page's work on that tour was officially documented in the Delicate Sound of Thunder album and video as well as a number of additional recordings, including live material from Atlanta, Georgia, recorded at the Omni Coliseum in November of 1987; unhappy with the results, the band used footage recorded the following year at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York for what would become Delicate Sound of Thunder: the abandoned Atlanta material circulates widely as a video and an audio bootleg titled Pink Floyd: The Calhoun Tapes and Would You Buy a Ticket to This Show.YouTube link Another performance that circulates widely in several bootleg versions is the live Italian and worldwide broadcast of the band's performance on a barge, on the Grand Canal in Venice in July of 1989.YouTube link

It was during his time in Pink Floyd that Page began to transition into entrepreneurial endeavors and began to divide his time between his music and his business careers.[29][30][31]

Business: Technologist and Entrepreneurship[edit]

Walt Tucker Productions[edit]

Although Page made a fuller transition into technology entrepreneurship in the computer software industry in 1993 (after founding 7th Level), effectively culminating any potential commitments with Pink Floyd, he had already founded a Los Angeles based audio and video post-production company in 1987 called Walt Tucker Productions (specifically, headquartered in Glendale, California).[32][33][34] He led and managed Walt Tucker Productions even while recording and touring with Pink Floyd. The two efforts overlapped during production of the "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" album and the subsequent, promotional A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour. Walt Tucker specialized in CD/ROM technology and derived its name from an amalgamation of two of Page's "heroes": Walt Disney and Preston Tucker.[35][36]

A few years into his tenure as president of Walt Tucker Productions, during a visit to COMDEX in the fall of 1992, Page talked about being at a crossroads with respect to the balance he was beginning to strike between his role as a musician and his role as an entrepreneur and businessman. In an interview with Joseph Panettieri, of Information Week, Page discussed "getting to a point where [he would] have to make a decision about what [he wanted] to dedicate [his] time to." He added: "I've done my music stint. Building an interactive multimedia company is my next challenge. I'm more concerned now about the multimedia business." Despite this, he would also state that (at the time) Pink Floyd may commit to another world tour and that he would find it difficult to "sit that... out."[37]

A special Pink Floyd performance at Knebworth Park on June 30, 1990 (in Stevenage, England) included a number of guest musicians that were not part of the band's regular recording and touring roster. At this event, which is considered the band's last performance on the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, Candy Dulfer played saxophone.[38] Pink Floyd would not tour again until 1994, at which point Page was fully immersed in business endeavors and limiting his music work to studio sessions and some selected live performances.[39][40][41] Ultimately, this would cement Page's performance with Pink Floyd on the penultimate date of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour (July 18, of 1989) in Marseille, France, at the Stade Vélodrome, as his last with the band. Saxophonist Dick Parry, who had last recorded and toured with Pink Floyd in 1975, during each the Wish You Were Here album production effort and its corresponding Wish You Were Here Tour, rejoined the band for the recording of The Division Bell album as well as The Division Bell Tour that followed.

Page's new focus on entrepreneurship did not mean an end to his partnership with members of the Pink Floyd coterie: Page continued working with Walt Tucker Productions until joining forces with Pink Floyd producer Bob Ezrin to create a new business venture in 1993.

7th Level[edit]

In 1993, Page formed 7th Level, Inc. with music/entertainment producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, the The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, Music Rising) and Dallas, Texas technology entrepreneur George Grayson, whose first company (Micrografx, Inc.) pioneered PC-based graphics software development in the early 1980s.[42][43] The company's first software venture was an edutainment product called “Li’l Howie’s TuneLand” starring comedian and "Deal Or No Deal" host Howie Mandel. "Tuneland" featured musical performances by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, Yes vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson, Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter and other popular musicians on such children’s songs as “The Little Green Frog.”[44]

7th Level's flagship product was a CD-ROM software 'edutainment thingie' called "Monty Python's Complete Waste of Time." It was produced in 1994 by British comedy troupe's animator and award-winning film director Terry Gilliam, and Ezrin. "Waste Of Time" included such elements as 'The Desktop Pythonizer' and 'Solve The Secret To Intergalactic Success.' The product included video clips from the absurdist icons' seminal BBC-TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" as well as new animation from Gilliam.

New Media Broadcasting Company[edit]

In 2004, Page launched New Media Broadcasting Company Inc. (NewMBC) www.newmbc.com with silicon valley technology veteran Russ Lujan. Initially NewMBC developed interactive distribution services for content creators and consumers. Its MashCast communications platform connected diverse audiences, artists, content owners through a collaborative online network. Mashcast helped users integrate and monetize Internet broadcasts and social networks, using an infrastructure that supported content creation and collaboration. NewMBC's most highly visible clients have included fan-based community sites for the international, Grammy-winning musical group Toto, as well as for Python (Monty) Ltd.[45]

Direct2Care[edit]

In 2011 Page launched and served as CEO of Direct2Care, an online healthcare presence management company.[46][47] Direct2Care shared traits with New Media Broadcasting Company in its effort to leverage website and social media presence for its clients: it provided a "social business and presence management network for healthcare professionals."[48] Page's next business project, GetYourOPI (to be founded three years later), would cast a wider net than this model and focus more specifically on indexing this online presence for its clients.

GetYourOPI[edit]

In 2014 Page launched GetYourOPI, an online presence management company: an endeavor focused on improving cyberspace presence for individuals and entities through analysis of their existing results on search engines.[49][50][51] GetYourOPI "measures" and "manages" capabilities for these.[52] This "online presence" is measured by the company through an index factoring the volume of cyberspace presence and its translation into "social influence," producing a score whereby the company tackles its management consultation.[53][54] It provides its clients with a "track, manage, and follow" service that expands their ability to control what they project online with greater scrutiny.[55][56]

Philanthropy[edit]

Page has initiated several notable charity fundraising benefit events, concerts, recordings, film, video, and online projects. In November 1992 he created "The Grand Scientific Musical Theatre," a multimedia concert and fundraiser held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (as part of COMDEX/Fall, the computer industry's largest trade show) to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[57] This was produced in conjunction with Micrografx, as an adjunct to the company's annual Chili Cook-Off, which tapped computer industry leaders such as Microsoft and IBM, as well as media organizations such as CMP, IDG and Ziff-Davis to sponsor and donate to selected nonprofit organizations. For that one-time/one-night event, he produced live as well as audio/video/film-recorded performances by a wide variety of entertainers, including: the Cirque du Soleil, Todd Rundgren, producer Alan Parsons (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Alan Parsons Project), The Turtles (AKA Flo & Eddie - Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan), Jon Anderson (lead vocalist/songwriter from British art-rock-classical group Yes), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby Stills Nash & Young), John Entwistle (The Who) and James Burton (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson), as well as the Tower Of Power, Edgar Winter, Jim Keltner, guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers) and others. The event raised more than $1.5 million.[58][59][60][61]

Awards[edit]

Scott Page has received acknowledgments and awards, primarily for his technology companies' achievements. Named one of “50 Pioneers of Multimedia." His industry acknowledgments include being named one of “The Top 100 Multimedia Producers” by Multimedia Magazine; the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” by Buzz Magazine; and one of “50 New Media Innovators” profiled in Pioneer Electronics’ Multimedia Frontier.[62][63] Page co-wrote Too Many Times: the duet by Earl Thomas Conley and R&B artist Anita Pointer was nominated "for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 1987 CMA Awards"[64][65]

Discography[edit]

With Supertramp[edit]

With Pink Floyd[edit]

Other artists[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Povey, Glen; Russell, Ian (1997). Pink Floyd: In the Flesh: The Complete Performance History (1st US paperback ed.). St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-9554624-0-5. 
  2. ^ Indie Entertainment Summit: Road to Hollywood, Scott Page of Pink Floyd
  3. ^ Panettieri, John (1992). "On Scott Page". Information Week. p. 46. 
  4. ^ In Search of 7th Level
  5. ^ By Marilyn A. Gillen (20 May 1995). "Quincy's CD-ROM Explores Music's Roots; Billboard". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Business Rockstar: This Week's Rockstar Guests: Scott Page, Thursday, September 4th
  7. ^ By Chris O'Malley (September 1995). "The Making of Multimedia; Popular Science". Popular Science. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Business Rockstar: This Week's Rockstar Guests: Scott Page, Thursday, September 4th
  9. ^ On the Next Business Rockstars: Scott Page, Rockstar Mentor of Pink Floyd
  10. ^ Local Search Association Company Spotlight: GetYourOPI
  11. ^ Alan Parsons honoured, jams with Scott Page's Hang Dynasty
  12. ^ The Lawrence Welk Show: Christmas Clip (1960)
  13. ^ 1983 ...Famous Last Words Tour...
  14. ^ 1983 ...Famous Last Words Tour...
  15. ^ 1983 ...Famous Last Words Tour...
  16. ^ Está lloviendo de nuevo: Supertramp
  17. ^ 1983 ...Famous Last Words Tour...
  18. ^ 1983 ...Famous Last Words Tour...
  19. ^ 1985/86 Brother Where You Bound Tour
  20. ^ Tourdates: TOTO 1979 - 2007
  21. ^ Tourdates: TOTO 1979 - 2007
  22. ^ Mason 2005, p. 295
  23. ^ Live At Knebworth 1990 (with Pink Floyd) DVD Review
  24. ^ Live At Knebworth 1990 (with Pink Floyd) DVD Review
  25. ^ Live At Knebworth 1990 (with Pink Floyd) DVD Review
  26. ^ Mason 2005, p. 295
  27. ^ Blake 2008, p. 329.
  28. ^ a b Blake 2008, p. 331.
  29. ^ Scott Page, musicminder Biographical Profile
  30. ^ Scott Page: About
  31. ^ Business Rockstars, Scott Page: PINK FLOYD Interview and Profile
  32. ^ The Imagination Station's Management Information
  33. ^ Panettieri, John (1992). "On Scott Page". Information Week. p. 46. 
  34. ^ In Search of 7th Level
  35. ^ BizRockers: Scott Page Profile
  36. ^ Information Week, Joseph Panettieri Interview with Scott Page at COMDEX 1992
  37. ^ Panettieri, John (1992). "On Scott Page". Information Week. p. 46. 
  38. ^ Live At Knebworth 1990 (with Pink Floyd) DVD Review
  39. ^ 7th Heaven
  40. ^ By Chris O'Malley (September 1995). "The Making of Multimedia; Popular Science". Popular Science. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  41. ^ Business Rockstar: This Week's Rockstar Guests: Scott Page, Thursday, September 4th
  42. ^ "The Imagination Station's management information". Retrieved 2007-03-07. 
  43. ^ 7th Heaven
  44. ^ By Robin Raskin (March 1994). "Starstruck Games; PC Mag". PC Mag. Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  45. ^ Real-Time Internet Innovator New Media Broadcasting Company Launches MashCast(R), The Online Platform Redefining Collaboration, Communication, Distribution and Commerce
  46. ^ Company Overview of Direct2Care Communications, Inc.
  47. ^ About Scott Page
  48. ^ Direct2Care Communications, Inc.
  49. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI)
  50. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI) Presentation Video
  51. ^ About Scott Page
  52. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI)
  53. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI)
  54. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI) Presentation Video
  55. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI)
  56. ^ LSA:14 Company Spotlight (GetYourOPI) Presentation Video
  57. ^ Pacific Northwest BC Canada People: Scott Page
  58. ^ Pacific Northwest BC Canada People: Scott Page
  59. ^ Pacific Northwest BC Canada People: Scott Page
  60. ^ By  (24 November 1992). "SCIENTIFIC MUSICAL THEATRE; The Straits Times". The Straits Times. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  61. ^ Merrick, Richard (2010). The History of The Grand Scientific Musical Theatre (1st US paperback ed.). ISBN 978-1-61658-597-6. 
  62. ^ Empower Logic Studio Artist Scott Page (Artist Profile)
  63. ^ Bloomberg Business Week Executive Profile
  64. ^ Earl Thomas Conley
  65. ^ 21st Annual CMA Awards: Nominees, Vocal Duo of the Year

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