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Don Law

May 14, 1975 OH89 94 min.


Music industry executive. Born February 24, 1902. Died December 20, 1982. Worked under American Records Corporation country producer Uncle Art Satherley from mid-1930s until Satherley’s leaving ARC successor Columbia Records in 1952. Head of Columbia’s country music division during the 1950s-mid-1960s. His artist roster included Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, and Ray Price. Retired from Columbia in 1967. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1975 May 14
(1 hour, 34 minutes)
Music industry executive Don Law gives an overview of his career. Discussion includes his childhood and early career; his arrival in the United States in the 1920s; his start in the record business with Brunswick Records; comments on his early sales experience; recruiting recording talent; working with Art Satherley; managing chain store sales for Columbia; managing Columbia’s country department and the growth of Columbia’s country sales; Columbia’s purchase of Nashville’s Bradley Film and Recording Studios in 1962; his retirement from Columbia; work as an independent producer; comments on artists he produced; his work recruiting blues artists, including Robert Johnson; leadership of Columbia’s country department after his retirement; and comments on Columbia’s country operation during the 1940s and 1950s.

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