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Shelby Singleton


A talented and dedicated nation maker, Shelby Singleton helmed many a vintage session, 1st as an R&B maker with famous brands Clyde McPhatter and later on as a nation maker with Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom T. Hall, and Charlie High. In the middle-’60s he started forming his personal imprints release a the performers he was finding and nurturing. He found out Jeannie C. Riley, for instance, and created her smash “Harper Valley P.T.A.” In 1969 Singleton produced an excellent business move by purchasing the privileges of sunlight catalog from Sam Phillips and remaining the recording studio room for good to spotlight the business part of the market.

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Died October 7, 2009, Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Profession Music Producer
Education C. E. Byrd High School
Nationality American

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1 A founding member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
2 He joined the Marines after graduating from high school. When he got out, he worked as an engineer for Remington Rand.
3 In the late 1950s, he worked in promotions for Mercury Records. Within three years, he was head of artists and repertoire, in which he oversaw the talent scouts and artist development. He launched the careers of Roger Miller, Ray Stevens, and Jerry Reed.
4 He is survived by his three sons-Stuart Singleton, Steve Singleton, and Sidney Singleton; a daughter, Shana Singleton; and brother, John Singleton. He is also survived by his grandchildren.
5 Music producer whose biggest hit was "Harper Valley PTA". With the profits from that song, he bought the rights to Sam Phillips's Sun Records, and its master recordings.



Harper Valley P.T.A. 1981 TV Series associate producer - 6 episodes



Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode



All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
The Nashville Sound 1970 Documentary Himself (uncredited)

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Orion: The Man Who Would Be King 2015 Documentary President of Sun Records

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