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Bristol in Sullivan County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ralph S. Peer

(1892 - 1960)

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 26, 2009
1. Ralph S. Peer Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected by Matthew & Kay Mills.
 
Location. 36° 35.701′ N, 82° 11.265′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Tennessee, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection
Ralph S. Peer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 26, 2009
2. Ralph S. Peer Marker
of State Street and Ralph S. Peer Street on State Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 830 State Street, Bristol TN 37620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Country Music (within shouting distance of this marker); Evan Shelby's Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shelby's Fort (approx. mile away); Jimmie Rodgers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Overmountain Patriots of the American Revolution (approx. 0.3 miles away in Virginia); Bristol Sessions (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Country and Western Recording (approx. 0.4 miles away); Birthplace of Bristol (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bristol.
 
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