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Cliffie Stone

March 27, 1992 OHC287 94 min.


Music industry executive. Born March 1, 1917. Died January 17, 1998. Full name: Clifford Gilpin Snyder. West Coast radio performer and studio bass player. Host of Hometown Jamboree radio and television shows. Capitol Records producer, late 1940s-early 1950s. Songwriter and publisher (Central Songs). Managed career for Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1951-1960. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1992 March 27
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
Music industry executive Cliffie Stone talks about the development and early years of his career. Discussion includes his childhood and family history; the story behind his father’s stage character Herman the Hermit; changing from Cliffie Stonehead to Cliffie Stone; working with Stuart Hamblen; working with different dance orchestra’s; working as a disc jockey; working on the Hollywood Barn Dance; his start in the record business; and joining Capitol Records.

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