Don Pierce

Date: 1974 September 25
Length: 89 min.
Call Number: OH143


Music industry executive. Born October 10, 1915. Died April 3, 2005. Real name: Donald Frederick Picht. Career most active late 1940s-1960s. Recognized as one of the leading country music marketers of his era. Sales manager for Four Star Records, 1946-1953. President of Starday Records, 1953-1968.

Interview Summary

1974 September 25
(1 hour, 29 minutes)
Don Pierce, executive at Starday Records, recalls working in Nashville during the 1960s. Discussion includes memories of Roy Acuff; memories of artists he worked with at Starday, including George Jones, the Blue Sky Boys, Stringbean, Roger Miller, and Johnny Bond; and comments on the importance of WSM and the Grand Ole Opry to the country music industry.