Connie B. Gay

Date: 1974 October 18
Length: 160 min.
Call Number: OH62


Music industry entrepreneur. Born August 22, 1914. Died December 4, 1989. Full name: Connie Barriot Gay. His entrepreneurial activities in radio, television, and as a promoter played a key role in the transformation of the country music industry from hillbilly music to modern entertainment. Creator of the Town and Country Time radio and television show. Founding member of the Country Music Association (CMA). Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1974 October 18
(2 hours, 40 minutes)
Entrepreneur Connie B. Gay talks about his business career in the country music industry. Discussion includes his introduction to radio; his college education; his work prior to the music business; his work as a music business entrepreneur, including his work with radio and television; his decision to quit the business; Clyde Moody’s career; and overall assessment of his own career.