- Darrell M. Westmoreland
"I first met Darrell in 1974 when I was the General Manager/Program Director of a radio station KGHO. Darrell came to my office and showed me some pictures from a recent Elton John concert. They were really great shots and I asked Darrell where he got them. He told me he had shot them himself. I was amazed. The photos were as good as anything I had ever seen taken at a rock concert.
A year later I left radio and went to work for Capitol Records of Hollywood as their West Coast Promotion and Marketing Manager. Much of my job involved artists touring and promotional events. I need a true pro-photographer to capture the action backstage and at radio stations and in-store events. Most of the photographers I had met in the music industry just weren't up to the task. But I remembered the young guy from Montesano who had come to my office with the Elton John photos.
I asked Darrell to shoot for me at the Paul McCartney & Wings Seattle concert in 1976. As usual he came up with some incredible shots. We had a fun time together doing shows with Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Bob Seger, Heart, Bonnie Raitt, Hammer, Little River Band, Anne Murray, Duran Duran, you name it, if they were on the Capitol label, Darrell captured the action. Many artists just don't like doing photos after a show but Darrell had a way of putting them at ease. He would get his motor drive cameras flashing from every angle, bouncing around the room and taking the pics. Darrell did his own show right in front of them and the biggest names in the music industry would ask me "Where did you find this guy? He's terrific!!" Darrell and I continued to work together until I retired from Capitol Records in 1998.
I would like to say congratulations to Darrell on a wonderful career. Man, did we have some big fun together as you captured some of rock music’s historical moments. You are, as Tina Turner once said, "Simply The Best"!"
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