Bill Lowery

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Bill Lowery was born October 21, 1924 and died June 8, 2004.

Early successes

In The early 50's, Bill Lowery was the top country music disc jockey in America. He also was a pioneer TV host on Atlanta television. A diagnosis of cancer left Lowery wondering how to provide for his family. His first move was to go into the music publishing business. Although the music industry told Lowery that no music company could be based anywhere but New York, Chicago, Nashville, or Los Angeles, he never wavered in his belief that Atlanta could be a true music city. So, along with associate Dennis "Boots" Woodall, Lowery formed Lowery Music Company, and was involved in independent record production and promotion. Early hit songs published by Lowery Music included a string of country music hits for major labels, but two Lowery Music songs that really put the company on the map were early country-style, or rockabilly hits: "Be Bop A Lula" by Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, and "Young Love", recorded both by Sonny James and movie actor Tab Hunter. Lowery is credited with being involved in the earliest recordings of Ray Stevens and Jerry Reed for Capitol Records. By the way, he beat the cancer.

NRC days

In 1958, Lowery formed National Recording Corporation in Atlanta. To raise capital, sales of "founder's contracts" were made by a group headed by Ray Griggers. After initially recording at WGST Radio studios, stock sales allowed NRC to set up its...
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