Carl Haverlin & Russell Sanjek

Date: 1979 June 06
Call Number: OHC389


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

1979 June 6
Printed transcript only. Audio recording not available.
Former BMI executives Carl Haverlin and Russell Sanjek talk about the formation of BMI. Discussion includes Haverlin’s career prior to joining BMI; circumstances surrounding the formation of BMI; establishing BMI within an ASCAP dominated environment; ASCAP’s reaction to BMI; growth in visibility as BMI songs begin to hit #1; BMI’s work to encourage new composers; BMI’s role in licensing country, blues, and rock music formats and issues related to rock’s lyrics; and their efforts to get more American history into mass media. Interview includes interesting side note as Haverlin recalls his radio communication with Amelia Earhart during her flight from Hawaii to California in the 1930s.