Dr. Dietrich Schulz-K̦hn

Date: 1968 May 25
Length: 32 min.
Call Number: OH367

Biography

Radio station owner and record collector. Born 1912. Resident of Cologne, Germany. Owned two radio networks. Connected with Deutsche Grammophon, which released American Decca recordings during the late 1930s and after World War II. Head of Deutsche Grammophon’s foreign department, which released country acts in Europe.

Interview Summary

1968 May 25
(32 minutes)
Dietrich Schulz-Kohn discusses his career with Deutsche Grammophon and the state of country music in Europe. Topics discussed include his background; his employment by Deutsche Grammophon in 1935; how he hid 4,000 recordings in his cellar during World War II; how he was held as a prisoner of war by the French for 2 1/2 years; how he worked his way up to head of the American Decca branch in Europe where he released recordings by Red Foley and other American artists; radio stations in Cologne; his first trip to America to bring an exhibit on jazz music; the book he published in 1940, The Record on the World Market; and the history of Columbia Records.