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AND YOU THOUGHT HE WAS JUST A PRETTY FACE

After the exit of Gary Overton—and while new Nashville head Randy Goodman’s team was being assembled—Sony Music chief Doug Morris became hands-on with A&R for Sony Nashville. During that time he signed two acts that have gone on to have smash single sales: Cam and Old Dominion.

Both Cam’s “Burning House” and Old Dominion’s “Break Up With Him” have sold north of 500k singles; “Break” is #1 on the Mediabase Country radio chart, while “House” is Top 10.

RCA Prexy/COO Tom Corson, manager Lindsay Marias, Sony Corp. President/CEO Kazuo Hirai, Cam, Sony Music ruler Doug Morris, RCA CEO Peter Edge, Sony Music EVP Business Affairs/General Counsel Julie Swidler and EVP/CFO Kevin Kelleher.

Morris got a big assist from on Cam from RCA chief Peter Edge, who brought the singer to the Sony chief's office; it was, by all accounts, a magical meeting.

When the history of the music business is written, this true record man will loom large over an astonishing five decades. 

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