James Staton Foglesong (July 26, 1922 – July 9, 2013) was an
American country music producer and executive from the 1950s until the
1990s, based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Foglesong was born in Lundale, West Virginia. As a teenager, he
sang on a local radio show and in quartets and trios into his young
adult years. He began his career in the music industry at Columbia
Records' label in 1951, transferring 78 RPM records into LP
formats. Over the next 20 years, he worked for RCA-Victor until
moving to Nashville in 1970 to head the A&R division at Dot
Records. He was named president of Dot in 1973 — the only president
of a major Nashville label at the time, where he changed the company's
vision from pop to country.
He helped lay the foundation for the country music boom in the 1990s.
As president of Dot, ABC, Capitol and MCA Records, he signed popular
artists, among them Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Garth Brooks,
Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys, Con Hunley, George
Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, and Kevin Morris. In
Nashville, the records Fogelsong promoted won 46 Grammy, CMA and ACM
awards. He was inducted into the
Country Music Hall of Fame
^ Talbott, Chris (July 9, 2013). "Jim Foglesong, label exec, hall of famer, dies". San Jose Mercury News. Associated Press. Retrieved July 10, 2013. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Peter (July 9, 2013). Jim Foglesong, groundbreaking music executive, dies at 90, The Tennessean. Retrieved July 10, 2013. ^ Morris, Edward (November 8, 2004). " Jim Foglesong Heads to Country Music Hall of Fame". CMT. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
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