GRAMMY Nominee Jim Foglesong Dies
GRAMMY-nominated producer and country music executive Jim Foglesong died July 9 following a brief illness. He was 90. A native of West Virginia, Foglesong started his music career as a session singer, producer and label executive for Columbia Records and its subsidiary label Epic in New York before relocating to Nashville, Tenn., in 1970. In Nashville he served as the head of independent label Dot Records, and then served as president of Capitol's Nashville division from 1984–1989, during which time he helped launch the career of GRAMMY winner Garth Brooks. Foglesong subsequently oversaw label rosters that included Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Conway Twitty, and Don Williams, among others. In 1967 Foglesong earned two GRAMMY nominations for Album and Record Of The Year for producing Ed Ames' My Cup Runneth Over. In 2004 Foglesong was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. After retiring from the music business, Foglesong taught at Nashville's Vanderbilt University.