Ralph S. Peer

Ralph S. Peer (HMFOK)

Location: Bristol, TN 37620 Sullivan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 35.701', W 82° 11.265'

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(1892 - 1960)

Ralph S. Peer was born in 1892 in Independence, Missouri. He grew up in the record business, working in the shop where his father sold phonographs and recordings for the Columbia Graphophone Company.

After service in WWI, as a talent scout for the Okeh record label during the early 1920's, Peer made the landmark recordings of Fiddlin' John Carson, Ernest V. "Pop" Stoneman, Al Hopkins' Hill Billies, and others. In late July and early August of 1927, shortly after he joined the Victor Talking Machine Company, he discovered and recorded the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers in Bristol, Tennessee, producing what is now referred to as the "Bristol Sessions".

Those sessions, which were recorded just east of here in the 400 block of State Street, led to the designation of Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music" by both houses of the United States Congress in 1998.

Peer formed the first major country music publishing firm, Southern Music Publishing Company, Inc. in 1928. Subsequently called peermusic, the firm now operates worldwide.
Placed ByMatthew & Kay Mills
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 5:23am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 393758 N 4050604
Decimal Degrees36.59501667, -82.18775000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 35.701', W 82° 11.265'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 35' 42.06" N, 82° 11' 15.90" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15 Ralph Peer St, Bristol TN 37620, US
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