D Kilpatrick

Date: 1986 October 02
Length: 86 min.
Call Number: OHC362


Music industry executive. Born July 18, 1919. Full name: Walter David Kilpatrick. AKA: W. D. Kilpatrick. Career most active 1940s-1960s. Nashville-based country producer for Capitol Records, 1950-1951. Country producer for Mercury Records, 1951-1956. Manager, WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, 1956-1959. Helped launch Acuff-Rose Artists Corporation, 1959. Later served with Warner Bros. Records and Philips Records. One of the founders of the Country Music Association (CMA).

Interview Summary

1986 October 2
(1 hour, 26 minutes)
Music industry executive D Kilpatrick gives an overview of his work for Capitol Records. Discussion includes his work with Tex Ritter; promoting gospel quartets, promoting his acts to the Grand Ole Opry; Hank Thompson’s early career; coming to Nashville as the first full-time country A&R director; working with the Opry management staff; comments on the Castle Recording Studio; comments on the popularity of the Louisiana Hayride; promoting Tennessee Ernie Ford; and memories from his years with Capitol.