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Tess White

June 11, 1974 OH192 88 min.


Administrative assistant to Chicago music publisher Fred Forster, principal of Forster Music and Adams, Vee, and Abbott Music, companion publishing firms.

Interview Summary

1974 June 11
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Tess White, administrative assistant to Chicago music publisher Fred Forster, talks about her company’s role in the promotion of country music. Discussion includes the start of her work with Forster; the publishing focus of Forster Music; her experiences working with different musicians; the company’s entry into country music; comments on the sheet music business; the organization of the companion firm Adams, Vee, and Abbott; their association with Acuff-Rose; the start of Eddy Arnold’s career and “Cattle Call”; comments on the promotion and growth of country music; the role of the guitar in country music; and comments on Forster Music’s contribution to country music.

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