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Arthur Edward SATHERLY  ("Art"/"Uncle Art")1889 - 1986

akaArthur E. Satherly, A. E. Satherly, Arthur Satherly, A. Satherly, "Art" Satherly, "Uncle Art"
birth 19 Oct 1886/1889, Bedminster, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire
remark 1886 acc. to: SSDI / WWI Draft Registr. Cards 1917-1918
remark 1889 acc. to: FreeBMD Birth Index / California Death Index
death 10 Feb 1986, Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
marriage (1)
Gladys Jeanette DEWICK

b. 29 Aug 1895, ........, Union, South Dakota
d. .. Feb. 1965, ......., Wisconsin

marriage (2)
Harriet .........

b. ............

  • Judy

    b. ......................

remark In 1905 Wisconsin State CENSUS of 1 June 1895 & 1905 and 1910 Federal US CENSUS: Shiocton, Outagamie, Wisconsin


father Levi SATHERL(E)Y

b. Oct/Nov/Dec 1858, Langport, UK
d. ............

mother Alice .........

b. ..........
d. ............

  • Amelia
  • Arthur Edward

    b. 19 Oct 1886/1889, Bedminster, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire
    d. 10 Feb 1986, Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

  • Edgar
  • Ernest
  • Millicent


1901 ENGLAND CENSUS (Bedminster, Bristol, Gloucestershire):
Levi SATHERL(E)Y (46y)
Alice ......... (39y)
Amelia (25y)
Arthur Edward
Edgar (10y)
Ernest (9y)
Millicent (1y)

Came to the USA in 1913 (naturalized on 23 June 1922)

Bookkeeper Wisconsin Cabinet and Panel Co.
(illegible: under Orange Edison contract (?))
New London, Wisconsin
Waupaca, Wisconsin

1920 CENSUS (Port Washington, Ozaukee, Wisconsin):
living as son-in-law (33y) with the DEWICK family
Superintendent Record Shop

Article in Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 216, No. 33, February 12
retired in 1952 (from Columbia Country Division)
Don Law followed

Known as "Mr. Country Music" for his contributions in that field, Satherley also recorded many important early black musicians, such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, said historian and veteran country music disc jockey Hugh Cherry, who knew Satherley for 40 years. "He recorded everything--cowboy music, hillbilly, black acts when they were called race records and novelty groups. He was the first recording director to record in Nashville," Cherry said.

The country music Establishment recognized Satherley's contributions by inducting him into its Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in October, 1971. He also received the first Pioneer Award given by the Academy of Country Music in 1968. Satherley was vice president of Columbia Records when he retired in 1952.


  • Uncle Art (biography) by Alan John Britton (2010)
  • Hilbilly Boom by Maurice Zolotow (in: Saturday Evening Post, Vol. 216, No. 33, February 12)
  • Country Music Figure Art Satherley Dies at 96 by Randy Lewis (in Los Angeles Times of February 11, 1986)
  • 'Uncle Art' Satherley Voted To Country Music Hall Niche (in: Billboard of 23 October 1971)