Art Satherley

Date: 1974 October 17
Length: 194 min.
Call Number: OH165


Pioneer recording executive. Born October 19, 1889. Died February 10, 1986. Full name: Arthur Edward Satherley. AKA: “Uncle Art”. Worked for Paramount during the early 1920s, scouting and recording country and blues performers. Joined the American Record Corporation (ARC) in 1929 and eventually became head of the country and blues A&R departments. Columbia Records purchased ARC in 1938 and he became Columbia’s chief country producer, 1938-1952. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1974 October 17
(3 hours, 14 minutes)
Pioneer music industry executive Art Satherley talks about his career. Discussion includes his role in the formation of BMI; changes in country music from its early years; his role in promoting the acceptance of country and blues; memories of his work with Paramount; his work building his country catalogue; and memories of his experiences traveling the country scouting and recording new talent.