Don Law Senior, father of New England's premier promoter Don Law, will belatedly be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow tonight (November 7) at the 35th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville. The honor comes more than 20 years after his first nomination.
Law Sr., who died in 1982 at age 80, not only played a key role in making Nashville the capital of country music, but during his 34 years with Columbia Records he also produced such classics of the '50s and '60s such as Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire," Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" Marty Robbins' "El Paso," Ray Price's "Crazy Arms" and Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" – during his 34 years with Columbia Records.
"My father was an Englishman who was fascinated with American culture," Law told the Boston Globe. "There's this image early on in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' of a sailor riding awkwardly on horseback. It makes me think of my father, being the kind of Englishman he was, being in the deep South.
"I remember being taken to some sessions in Nashville as a kid," Law says. "They had some strange people there. I remember Marty Robbins singing this heartrending ballad and when the instrumental break came he started sprinting all the way around the studio. He got back to the microphone just in time to come in on the next verse. A funny character.
"He'd be very happy and pleased," Law says of his father. "The situation finally got corrected and that's the end of that."