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Country Music Impresario and Publisher Buddy Killen

For many years Killen was the head of Tree International, Nashville's leading music publisher, writer and producer. Killen once played bass in Hank Williams' band for ten dollars a night; in 1989 he sold Tree to Sony for 50 million. He's worked with just about every star in the Country firmament: Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson; and many classics in the Country cannon: "King of the Road", "Okie from Muskogee" and the immortal "D-I-V-O-R-C-E". Killen's new autobiography is "By the Seat of My Pants."

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Other segments from the episode on June 23, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 23, 1993: Interview with Buddy Killen; Interview with Diana Abu-Jaber; Review of the album "Cortot, Thibaud, Casals: Piano Trios."

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