Keith Galliher Jr. | Memory of All

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Memory of All

by Keith Galliher Jr.

Memory Of All, the song dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and their families.
Genre: Easy Listening: American Popular Song
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September 11, 2001 was one of the most traumatic days in American history. The stark and visual images of the twin towers crashing to the ground, people jumping to their deaths, firefighters and police officers giving their lives while attempting to rescue the victims are all indelibly imprinted in our memories. We will always remember the courage of airline passengers and The Pentagon in flames.

Luigi Quadagni, Ned Mills, and Ruby Mills were so moved by what they saw that they wrote the words and music for Memory of All shortly after this horrible day.

With the exception of a backyard recording, the song sat on the shelf for over ten years. There were no attempts made to turn the beautiful words and music of this song into something everyone could enjoy.

In 2011, the song was made known by Luigi to Clarence Collins, the founder of Little Anthony and The Imperials. Clarence is a record producer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He and Luigi had become personal friends but the existence of this song was not made known to Clarence for many years. Apart from being a songwriter, Luigi was a business man. However, despite his focus on other endeavors, Luigi always knew and believed his song was, potentially, a great one.

At Clarence’s request Luigi gave him a copy of the backyard recording. Clarence played the song and was very impressed with the words and music. As a result, he convinced Luigi he could make Memory of All into a beautiful and memorable song.

Clarence first hired Willie Weist the music director of Little Anthony and The Imperials, to compose an original soundtrack. Willie enlisted the support of numerous musicians. Each musician played his own original portion of the soundtrack on his instrument of choice. Willie combined the efforts of all involved and produced a compelling and beautiful musical soundtrack for the song.

Initially, the song was to be recorded by another artist. When the artist appeared for recording and, unfortunately, had difficulty with the lead vocals, it was decided to change course. On behalf of the writers, Clarence approached Keith Galliher, Jr. and asked him to sing the song. Keith’s sole experience with recording music took the form
of four previous songs made in honor of his wife Linda. Keith is a practicing attorney who had never performed on stage or, for that matter, even sung in the church choir.

Armed with Luigi’s soundtrack, Clarence hired Jim Gilstrap, a well respected Los Angeles session musician to sing back up vocals. Jim was flown to Las Vegas where he recorded his back up vocals at the studio at The Palms. At approximately the same time, Keith recorded the lead vocals at the same location. Notably, the original recording session was lost as a result to a computer glitch at the studio. By this time, Clarence and Keith were determined to record and finalize this song.

After the first version was recorded, it was reviewed by people knowledgeable in music. Some changes were suggested. The recording was redone which incorporated the changes which had been suggested by those knowledgeable in the music business. A new sound engineer was hired and the overall quality of the song was enriched as a result.

Memory of All was finalized at the Studio At The Palms on July 5, 2012. The song was sent to Bernie Grumman Mastering in Los Angeles to be mastered. It was returned to Las Vegas and then forwarded to Mike McCann, of New York City, to review. Mike gave his blessing to the mastered edition and the song now awaits airplay in New York City, the country, and the world.

Much luck was involved in the finished song which is Memory of All. Luigi, Ned and Ruby had to see the vision that resulted in their writing the song. Luigi and Clarence had to meet and become friends. Luigi had to tell Clarence about the song. Clarence had to ask to hear the song and, after hearing it, make the decision that it had potential. Clarence had to know that Keith despite his anonymity had a singing voice which was appropriate for the song. Keith had to take the plunge and do his first commercial recording of any song. The Studio At The Palms was selected because of its state of the art equipment and facilities. Jim Gilstrap had to agree to do the backup vocals. The new sound engineer was hired in the knick of time to make the song even better. Mike McCann had to offer his critical review so the song could be revised and made better. The radio stations upon which this song will be played had to make the decision to air something done by a previously unknown artist. New York charities had to embrace the song and feature it to the attendees at their functions. You Tube had to receive and accept the song for play on its website.

All of these events came together to allow this song to be made. We hope you enjoy it.



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