Record Promoters

AV (Bam) Bamford was a colorful country music producer originally from Cuba. During the mid-1930s, he owned and operated a string of radio stations, mostly in the southern United States. As a promoter of these stations, he often befriended performers who would perform live on the radio or at remote...
Fred Foster is a well known name in Nashville music history. His role first as a record promoter then producer helped the careers of many performers and resulted in hundreds of hit recordings. He began working for Mercury Records in 1955 and played a vital role in the early careers of Roy Orbison...
Art Laboe admired radio broadcasters from the first moment he heard voices coming out of a box his aunt had sent to Art's family when he was eight.  He went on to have a successful and innovative broadcasting career that not only included pioneering DJ programming and remote request programs but...
Doug Moody was a long time record producer who was not afraid to embrace new music and groups. As a result he helped usher in the teenage girl groups of the 1960s with hits such as “My Boy Friend’s Back” for the Angels. Some years later, he introduced millions of people to punk and skateboard music...
Eddie Ray was the A&R man for Capitol-Tower Records and Imperial Records for many years.  As a result he was instrumental in the careers of such artists as Fats Domino, Sandy Nelson, Pink Floyd and Ricky Nelson, among others.  Eddie was also a songwriter whose songs have been performed and...
George Renfro spent his career beating the bushes in the record business, calling on radio stations, following up with concert promoters and being a freelancer for record companies in the effort to promote new hit records. The nearly forgotten role of record promoter was at its peek in the 1950s...
Henry Stone wanted to record musical artists that were not able to sign deals with the large record labels of the late 1940s.  As a result, Henry found a string of artists and provided the setting to be recorded.  This list includes Ray Charles and James Brown.  As his own company grew, both as a...