Stephen Henry Sholes (February 12, 1911--April 22, 1968) was a prominent recording executive with RCA Victor. Sholes was born in Washington, D.C. and moved with is family to Merchantville, New Jersey, at the age of nine, near where his father worked in the RCA Victor plant in Camden. Sholes started work at RCA Victor as a messenger boy in 1929 and worked part time for the firm while a student at Rutgers University. Scholes worked for a time in RCA's radio division, but his experience playing saxophone and clarinet in dance bands led him to the record division. During World War II, he worked in the Army's V-disc operation, which made records for radio broadcast and for personal use by army personnel. In 1945, he became head of the country division in Nashville, Tennessee and was responsible for recruiting such talent as Chet Atkins for RCA Victor. When he left Nashville, Atkins took over as head of the country music division.
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