Carl Haverlin & Russell Sanjek

Date: 1974 August 23
Length: 93 min.
Call Number: OH71


Carl Haverlin: Music industry executive. Born 1899. Died 1985. Longtime executive with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Principal organizer during BMI’s formative years and later served as BMI president, 1947-1964.

Russell Sanjek: Music industry executive. Born 1916. Died June 1986. Longtime executive with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), from BMI’s early years into the 1980s. Author of the four-volume work, American Popular Music and its Business: The First Four Hundred Years 3 Vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), a history of the American music industry.

Interview Summary

1974 August 23
(1 hour, 33 minutes)
Longtime BMI executives Carl Haverlin and Russell Sanjek talk about the beginning of the BMI organization. Discussion includes a description of the early BMI office environment; experiences establishing BMI in the industry; promoting BMI during the first years of the organization; early BMI contract details; the growth of BMI; comments on how a song becomes a hit; the financial situation for country songwriters prior to BMI; early BMI artists; competition with ASCAP; their career backgrounds; and their experiences during the early years of BMI.