PWK’s moniker as “The Legend in Sound” is not a Klipsch marketing concept. It was bestowed on him by the world. It is for many things besides the work he did literally inventing High Fidelity. One of the things the concerned him was that commercially available recordings were not good enough for his loudspeakers. So he performed hundreds of experiments in stereo recording and even forecast surround sound. RMHC intends to continue his work in surround. Of the hundreds of recordings he made we present a few of local interest. You will find no finer sounding recordings available in any medium or technology. He was just that good. All of his equipment was modified for performance and he learned how to position microphones for stereo “where your ears want to be.” We recommend the best speakers or headphones you can find.
Rule Beasley, who is fully covered on the page about the history of the Beasley family, had an incredible jazz group in Texarkana. It is believed that this one was made at the old KOSY radio studios. This composition had no name, and when Paul asked Rule to name it Paul said it had no name and would he like to name it. PWK responded “Ode to a Catfish.”
Flem Ferguson’s Dixieland was a great classical Dixieland jazz band in Texarkana in the 1950’s. PWK loved them, and engineered this striking stereo recording of “Muskrat Ramble.”
Early on the main PWK page, we mentioned that PWK had impact on the development of modern theater surround systems.
This recording is by John Eargle at the Robert H. Morton theater organ that once graced the Perot Theatre in Texarkana.
Unfortunately, it lies crated up in the basement awaiting restoration. Eargle was another multi-talented genius who was
a master of both the classical pipe organ as well as the theater organ, which was almost a lost art at this time. He learned most
of his knowledge of loudspeaker design and audio engineering from Paul Klipsch after graduating from Arkansas High School, Texarkana,
in 1948. Having had the privilege of reading their correspondence and listening to taped correspondence, PWK treated John as
a peer rather than as a disciple. Eargle did extraordinary work spreading what he learned and became one of the ranking executives
at JBL, where he changed the landscape of outdoor concert speakers. He received an Oscar for his part in the development of
Dolby Theater Surround, mainly developing the THX speaker specifications. PWK personally
engineered this recording, and it is historic and phenomenal as very early stereo, 1954.
This piece is the extraordinary, and way ahead of its time, Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor. It’s one of the few pipe organ pieces almost everyone recognizes. This was recorded with Eargle by PWK on the great Skinner organ that once occupied a Longview church.
This piece was recorded at First Presbyterian, Kilgore by Eargle with PWK engineering. This magnificent classic American organ was sadly allowed to go to ruin. So few churches understand that a historic treasure like this will last until Jesus comes, but ONLY if it is maintained. The piece is a glorious Chaconne by Couperin.