Oral history interview with Wesley Rose; 1985 October 30; interview conducted by John W. Rumble and Bob Pinson. 1985 Oct. 30.

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Oral history interview with Wesley Rose; 1985 October 30; interview conducted by John W. Rumble and Bob Pinson. 1985 Oct. 30.

Music industry executive Wesley Rose recalls the role he and his father, Fred Rose, played in promoting the career of Hank Williams. Discussion includes his first impressions of Hank and details of their first meeting; the decision to record Hank; their first reaction to Hank's songwriting; Wesley Rose's business role and Fred Rose's creative role in the management of Acuff-Rose; comments on Hank's personality and sense of humor; the Sterling Records sessions; comments on Hank's songwriting; comments on the father-son relationship between Fred Rose and Hank, including their disagreements; comments on Hank's singing style; memories of Fred Rose pitching Hank to several record labels; the MGM recording sessions; comments on Fred Rose's songwriting; the influence of Roy Acuff on Hank Williams; and explanation of why some Hank Williams's songs are with BMI and some with ASCAP; and comments on the enduring popularity of Hank Williams.

2 sound cassettes (1 hour, 50 minutes)

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Rose, Wesley

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Music publishing executive. Born February 11, 1918. Died April 26, 1990. Full name: Wesley Herman Rose. Son of songwriter and publisher, Fred Rose. In 1945 he was appointed general manager of Acuff-Rose Publications and in 1954 he became president of the organization. Promoted many notable careers, including Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. From the description of Oral history interview with Wesley Rose; 1975 August 28; intervie...

Williams, Hank, 1923-1953

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Hank Williams (b. September 17, 1923, Mt. Olive, AL–d. January 1, 1953, Oak Hill, WV) was an American singer-songwriter. Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously). Born in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama, Williams relocated to Georgiana with his family, where he met Rufus Payne. Payne had a major influence on Williams' later musical style, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb. The songs he wrote and recorded have been covered by numerous artists and have been hits in vari...

Rose, Wesley

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Music publishing executive. Born February 11, 1918. Died April 26, 1990. Full name: Wesley Herman Rose. Son of songwriter and publisher, Fred Rose. In 1945 he was appointed general manager of Acuff-Rose Publications and in 1954 he became president of the organization. Promoted many notable careers, including Hank Williams, the Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame. From the description of Oral history interview with Wesley Rose; 1975 August 28; intervie...

Rumble, John Woodruff

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Pinson, Bobby

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Country music scholar and record collector. Died 2003. Well-known collector, his collection of early country recordings was acquired by the Country Music Foundation (CMF) in the early 1970s to become the core of the recordings collection housed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. CMF staff member 1972-2001. Recognized for his knowledge and scholarship, especially in regard to country recordings prior to 1942. Research editor for Country Music Records: a Discography (New York: Oxford Un...