Personalities | Jack Stapp | Nashville & Beyond | Country
(Publisher, radio producer, 1912–80)
Nashville-born Jack Smiley Stapp was the founder and long-time chief executive of Tree International, which during the 1970s and 1980s was one of the most powerful and influential music publishing houses in the world. Prior to founding Tree in 1951, Stapp worked at Nashville’s WSM Radio, where he produced the Grand Ole Opry’s national network broadcasts. At the Opry during the late 1930s and the 1940s, Stapp also played a role in scouting and signing key artists such as Roy Acuff and Eddy Arnold.
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