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Roosevelt Credit Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

April 25, 2014


“A Beaver on Broadway”  April 25, 2014  Location: Valley Library, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Credit discusses his upbringing, his earliest interests in music, the connection in his family between music and the church, and other boyhood activities, including avid involvement in the Boy Scouts of America. Credit then reflects upon his decision to attend OSU, his transition from majoring in engineering to music education, the mentors who guided him during his tenure in Corvallis, and noteworthy performances while an undergraduate. He also describes the social setting that he encountered while at OSU as well as his memories of the university library and living in Weatherford Hall. He concludes with a few thoughts on life as a Broadway performer and a discussion of his involvement with youth organizations. At minute 14:30 of the interview, Credit performs an impromptu version of the OSU alma mater, "Carry Me Back."

Appended to the conclusion of the interview is a recording of Credit's performance, with OSU choir members, held at the Memorial Union during the afternoon of the interview. The event was hosted to celebrate OSU's announcement of an alliance with the GRAMMY Museum. In the recording, Credit performs solo versions of "Sir Duke," by Stevie Wonder, "You've Got a Friend," by James Taylor and Carole King, and "Over My Head," a traditional gospel song. Credit then conducts OSU choir students in a formal presentation of the alma mater as well as a reprise of "Over My Head."