Art Satherley

Date: 1975 March 23
Length: 95 min.
Call Number: OH396


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

1975 March 23
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Recording executive Art Satherley recalls various artists he has recorded. Discussion includes recording with Lew Childre; black gospel singers Dennis Crumpton and Robert Summers; signing a contract with the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet; meeting Tex Ritter at a golf tournament and his high regard for Tex’s wife; visiting Gene Autry’s home, Melody Ranch, and meeting Johnny Agee, Autry’s horse trainer; his decision not to release Spade Cooley’s recording of “Hara Kiri” after Japan was bombed in World War II; his attempts to get Red Foley into movies; Chubby Parker and the way he accompanied his banjo playing by whistling; getting stopped by Customs officials when he and Ted Daffan visited Mexico; Little Jimmy Dickens’s quest for follow-up hits after recording the strong-selling “Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait”; meeting Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts at his log cabin in the mountains of Kentucky; how Gobel Reeves rode the rails to recording sessions; making “It’s No Secret” after Stuart Hamblen was influenced by evangelist Billy Graham; signing Lefty Frizzell after hearing Frizzell’s version of “If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time.”