Art Satherley

Date: 1975 March 29
Length: 165 min.
Call Number: OH403


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 29
(2 hours, 45 minutes)
Pioneer music industry executive Art Satherley recalls highlights from his long career. Discussion includes his experiences recording various country artists, including Gene Autry, Bill Monroe, the Light Crust Doughboys, and the artists from WLS; experiences recording various blues artists, including Lead Belly and Josh White; experiences working with different publishing companies; comments on changes in country music; and memories from his career.