Papers of Walter Schussler
Heebner (1917-2002), professional musician, composer, and songwriter, and executive at RCA Records and Capitol Records.
Heebner was born in 1917, and began his career as a professional musician at age 13, playing saxophone several nights a week in ballrooms.
Graduating with honors from Temple University in 1938, he studied pre-law at The University of Pennsylvania before his musical
talents became his main focus. In 1940, he began working in sales at RCA Victor in New York, before joining the army during
World War II. While enlisted,
Heebner produced V-Disc recordings for the Armed Services, and after the war he returned to RCA to become the Artist and Repertoire
Director at their Hollywood headquarters. In 1950, he left to become the producer of the radio program "The Spade Cooley Show,"
on KCLA. Cooley was a popular western-swing artist and television star at the time. Several years later, he left and returned
to New York to create a music library for Capitol Records, and also began composing music while serving as producer for many
high-profile artists of his day, including Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Roy Rogers. In
1962 he acquired the Welte Piano Roll Masters, and began reproducing these recordings using contemporary methods, resulting
in a vibrant quality.
26.52 linear feet
(3 cartons, 1 half-size document box, 1 document box, 2 flat boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 282 open reel tapes)
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