"Morrie and Alice Morrison— Northwest Music Industry Pioneers"
by Peter Blecha
Copyright (c) 2005 HistoryLink.org & Author
"At the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, a Pacific Northwest couple -- Howell Oakdeane 'Morrie' Morrison (1888-1984) and his wife, Alice Nadine Morrison -- launched what became the region's first successful local commercial pop music empire. Fueled by a fortune made off royalties earned from a string of original hit song compositions, the Morrisons' pioneering web of interrelated mom-and-pop businesses would grow to include a dance school, a sheet music publishing company, a vaudeville orchestra, a dancehall chain, a record label, a Seattle-based recording studio (with a record-pressing plant), and even a film production endeavor." [READ MORE...]