Frances Preston

Date: 1980 December 09
Call Number: OH525


Music industry executive. Born August 27, 1934. Full name: Frances Williams Preston. Founded the BMI, Nashville office in 1958. Recognized for her key role in the growth and development of the Nashville songwriting and music publishing community. In 1985 moved to BMI, New York to become senior vice president for performing rights. BMI president and CEO, 1986-2004. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1980 December 9
Printed transcript only. Audio recording not available.
BMI executive Frances Preston talks about the contributions of John Lennon. Discussion includes the circumstances surrounding her first meeting with Lennon; memories of his personality; comments on the quality of his work as a composer; memories of Bob Burton’s signing the Beatles to BMI; the effect Lennon’s violent death may have on other artists; Lennon songs on the BMI award list; and reflections on the price of fame.