|Birth name||Remo Delmo Belli|
|Born||(1927-06-22)June 22, 1927
Mishawaka, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||April 25, 2016(2016-04-25) (aged 88)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Belli was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and began drumming at the age of 12.
At age 16, he started work as a professional musician before serving in the U.S. , where he also played in a band. Navy
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.
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.
The new drums, marketed as Remo Weather King, eventually became a huge commercial success.
Belli later said that the invention "changed everything in the whole musical instruments category; it was no longer woodwinds and brass winds and strings.
It became guitars and amplification and drums."
His company grew to accommodate a large factory in Valencia, California, where he lived.
He also developed a range of other percussion instruments, and became an advocate for the use of drumming as therapy.
Belli died of pneumonia in Pasadena, California, aged 88.
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