Remo Belli

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Birth nameRemo Belli_header_cell_0_1_0 Remo Delmo BelliRemo Belli_cell_0_1_1
BornRemo Belli_header_cell_0_2_0 (1927-06-22)June 22, 1927

Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.Remo Belli_cell_0_2_1

DiedRemo Belli_header_cell_0_3_0 April 25, 2016(2016-04-25) (aged 88)

Pasadena, California, U.S.Remo Belli_cell_0_3_1

GenresRemo Belli_header_cell_0_4_0 JazzRemo Belli_cell_0_4_1
Occupation(s)Remo Belli_header_cell_0_5_0 Musician, entrepreneurRemo Belli_cell_0_5_1
InstrumentsRemo Belli_header_cell_0_6_0 DrumsRemo Belli_cell_0_6_1

Remo Delmo Belli (June 22, 1927 – April 25, 2016) was an American jazz drummer who developed and marketed the first successful synthetic drumheads and founded the Remo company. Remo Belli_sentence_0

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Belli was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and began drumming at the age of 12. Remo Belli_sentence_1

At age 16, he started work as a professional musician before serving in the U.S. Remo Belli_sentence_2 Navy, where he also played in a band. Remo Belli_sentence_3

After his discharge he moved to California, where he performed in clubs and toured with Anita O'Day and Billy May. Remo Belli_sentence_4

After opening a store, Drum City, on Santa Monica Boulevard in 1950, he realized after a few years that the growth of rock and roll meant that there were insufficient supplies of calfskin, the traditional material for drumheads, to meet the demands. Remo Belli_sentence_5

He bought a supply of Mylar, a durable polyester film, and after testing its qualities by stapling it to a drum hoop, established a partnership with chemist Samuel Muchnick who developed a way of bonding the plastic membrane to an aluminum hoop. Remo Belli_sentence_6

After founding the company Remo Inc., he started marketing the new synthetic drumheads in 1957, with endorsements from leading drummers such as Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Remo Belli_sentence_7

The new drums, marketed as Remo Weather King, eventually became a huge commercial success. Remo Belli_sentence_8

Belli later said that the invention "changed everything in the whole musical instruments category; it was no longer woodwinds and brass winds and strings. Remo Belli_sentence_9

It became guitars and amplification and drums." Remo Belli_sentence_10

His company grew to accommodate a large factory in Valencia, California, where he lived. Remo Belli_sentence_11

He also developed a range of other percussion instruments, and became an advocate for the use of drumming as therapy. Remo Belli_sentence_12

Belli died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, aged 88. Remo Belli_sentence_13


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