Record Exec Jim Foglesong Dies at 90

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Jim Foglesong with Barbara Mandrell at Woodland Studios
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  • Jim Foglesong with Barbara Mandrell at Woodland Studios
As reported by The City Paper, record label executive and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jim Foglesong died today at the age of 90. Foglesong — who was known for his involvement in the careers of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams and many more — was a World War II veteran who went on to run the country division of Nashville's Dot Records. In his later years, he headed the music business department at Trevecca Nazarene University, and taught music business at Vanderbilt.

In 2011, regular Scene/Cream contributor Jewly Hight filed a story on Foglesong for Nashville Public Radio. Here's a brief excerpt from her piece:

It didn’t hurt in the trust department that Foglesong had good instincts and recognized a risk worth taking. He was sure he heard one when a certain game-changing, fresh-faced Oklahoma songwriter auditioned in his office.

Foglesong remembers the tension in the air that day: “An executive on Music Row sitting around with other people that have heard about everybody, it’s a tough audience. And yet Garth right off the bat entertained us. The first song, practically the first phrase was a grabber. …I said, ‘I’ll Tell you what I think. I’m ready to sign that kid right now.’”

And sign the kid Foglesong did.

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