One of the most important pioneers in the field of country music production, "Uncle" Art Satherley (alternately Satherly) was also the only British citizen to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was born in the English West Country on a Somerset farm; the son of a minister, Satherley visited Wisconsin in 1913 and began working for the Wisconsin Chair Company, which made cabinets to house Edison's early phonographs. Satherley's first real job in the record industry was promoting 78 rpm records of Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson on the Paramount label. By 1930, he began working for Columbia Records and soon became one of the leading A&R men in country music. Between 1938 to 1952, Satherley recorded numerous artists, including Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, and his favorite: Roy Acuff. After Satherley retired from Columbia in 1952, he took life at a slower pace and occasionally got involved in projects he was passionate about. Satherley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971. He died on June 10, 1986, in Fountain Valley, CA.
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