Veteran Country Music Executive Joe Talbot Dies

Country music industry leader Joe Talbot died at his Nashville home on Friday, March 24, one day short of his 73rd birthday. He was diagnosed with lung cancer four weeks ago. Talbot started his music career playing steel guitar with Hank Snow’s Rainbow Ranch Boys from 1950 to 1954. During his time with Snow, he earned a Vanderbilt University law degree. Following various stints practicing law, selling Rickenbacker guitars and working at radio stations, Talbot became a fixture on Music Row as a song publisher and leading record manufacturer. His Nashville pressing plant, United Record Pressing, made vinyl discs for Elvis Presley and Motown Records acts. Talbot was a lifetime director, past board chairman and past president of the Country Music Association. He was also a past board chairman of the Country Music Foundation, which operates the Country Music Hall of Fame. Between 1967-71, he managed the Nashville chapter of SESAC, a performance rights organization. Funeral services are set for today in Nashville.