Born: Beaumont, TX - June 16, 1931
Don has over 35 RIAA Multi-Platinum Engineer awards working with and recording artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, and Bob Dylan. In addition to a thirty-two-year tenure at Columbia Records, he has released over thirty artist singles and three albums of his own songs.
Don began singing when he was 6 years old and had a weekly radio program on the new Beaumont radio station KRIC
around 1937-38, with his sister accompanying him on the piano. He learned to play the guitar in his early teens and
played with the Beaumont area country bands of Clif Bruner, Moon Mullican, and Shelley Lee Alley as well as pop bands around the area. He also taught himself bass. As a teenager, Don performed in local competitions with George Jones and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
He connected with a band that ultimately landed him in New York at the famous Astor Hotel on Broadway in
Times Square. He was signed by RCA Victor the following year and had the opportunity to join Louisiana Hayride, where Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Elvis all performed. The day he arrived, he received his draft notice for the Korean War. He was not sent overseas and continued to play music for the Third Army Band until 1954.
Don entered the RCA Institutes for studies in radio and sound production while continuing to perform and record. During his long career as a sound engineer, he worked with many significant country and pop artists. He also developed a unique way to listen to 5.1 surround sound, with small speakers surrounding the listener, for which he received a US patent.
Don continues to write, produce and record in his home studio.