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Cecil Spiller's educational background was as an electrical engineer. During the late 1940's Cecil was attracted to photography and soon honed his skills in this area as well using the name Cecil Charles for his professional photography work. Cecil built his own tape deck when that technology was just emerging and used this deck to record many notable jazz groups in Los Angeles, the most notable being Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars. Much of Cecil's published photography work documented the "Muscle Beach" scene in Santa Monica, as well as numerous professional ski magazines. Cecil was also a fine mastering engineer who performed work for Contemporary Records, Revelation Records, and the Giants of Jazz label.