Dean Kay

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Dean Kay is an entertainer, recording artist, songwriter and music publishing executive.[1]

He began his professional career as a featured entertainer (along with singing partner Hank Jones) on the five-day-a-week daytime Tennessee Ernie Ford Show[2] from San Francisco. They recorded for both Del-Fi Records and RCA Victor.[3]


As a songwriter he provided songs for many top recording artists, including That's Life[4] for Frank Sinatra.[5]

He was COO for Lawrence Welk's music publishing companies for 18 years.[6] He then became President/CEO of PolyGram International Publishing.

Along the way he has been the chief caretaker of the creative treasures of a diverse group of musical geniuses including Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Johnny Horton, Don Williams, Bob McDill, Wayland Holyfield, Ricky Skaggs, Rick Springfield and many others.

Dean sits on the Board of Directors of ASCAP,[7] The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA),[8] The Harry Fox Agency (HFA)[9] and the ASCAP Foundation.[10] Dean's past included stints on the Boards of the Country Music Association (CMA), Academy of Country Music (ACM), the California Copyright Conference (CCC),[11] and the Association of Independent Music Publishers(AIMP).[12]

Dean's daily email news digest, The Dean's List, lists news about music, copyright and new technology in the entertainment industry.[13] The Dean's List and its sister web publication, The ASCAP Daily Brief (powered by The Dean's List)[14] is free for qualified interested parties.[15]


  1. ^ Dean Kay. "Dean Kay". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  2. ^ Dean Kay. "ernie". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  3. ^ Dean Kay. "Hank and Dean RCA". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  4. ^ Dean Kay. "That's Life". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  5. ^ Votta, Rae. "10 Best Frank Sinatra Songs". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  6. ^ Dean Kay. "Lawrence Welk's Best Kept Secret". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  7. ^ "Welcome to ASCAP. The worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters, composers and music publishers". 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  8. ^ "NMPA". NMPA. Archived from the original on 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  9. ^ "The Harry Fox Agency". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  10. ^ "The ASCAP Foundation". The ASCAP Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  11. ^ "Welcome to The California Copyright Conference". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  12. ^ "Association of Independent Music Publishers". AIMP. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  13. ^ "Dean Kay - The Dean's List". Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  14. ^ "The Ascap Daily Brief Provides Valuable News and Information". 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
  15. ^ Dean Kay. "DeanKay_TheDean'sList_Subscription". Retrieved 2014-03-13.

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