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Died On This Date (September 29, 2013) Polly Anthony / Music Industry Veteran

Posted by themusicsover on September 29, 2013

Polly Anthony
DOB Unknown – September 29, 2013

polly-anthonyPolly Anthony was a highly respected music industry executive who, over a career that spanned nearly 30 years, held high level positions at Epic and Geffen Records.  Anthony broke into the business as an assistant at CBS Records back in 1978.  She eventually rose to the position of senior vice president of promotion at the company’s sister label, Epic/550 Music.  From there, Anthony rose to the position of president of the Epic Records Group.  In 2004, she became co-president of Geffen Records, and in later years, involved herself with film and television projects.  Polly Anthony passed away from pancreatic cancer on September 29, 2013.

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Died On This Date (July 9, 2013) Jim Foglesong / Legendary Record Label Executive

Posted by themusicsover on July 9, 2013

Jim Foglesong
July 26, 1922 – July 9, 2013

jim-foglesongJim Foglesong was a longtime record company executive who, for the better part of 50 years, helped countless country music performers become household names.  A singer himself, Foglesong began singing in church before he turned four years old, and by the time he was in high school, he was singing on local radio stations throughout Charleston, West Virginia.  During WWII, Foglesong performed at USO shows while serving in the Army.  After his service ended, he enrolled in college where he studied music.  After graduating and moving to New York City, he found himself working as a session singer on recordings by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis, Neil Sedaka, and Dion & the Belmonts.  During the early ’50s, Foglesong worked at Columbia Records where he helped start Epic Records.  While there, he began producing records. He eventually moved to RCA where he produced records by the likes of Robert Goulet and Doris Day.  By the late ’70s, he was working in Nashville where the list of artists he went on to work with reads like an encyclopedia of country music.  During that time he also found himself running labels like Dot and MCA Records.  In 1984, he was named president of Capitol Records’ Nashville division where he signed Garth Brooks.   Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Reba McEntire, and George Strait are just a few of the country stars whose recording careers he helped guide. After retiring from the record business in the early ’90s, Foglesong went into education.  He served as the music business department head at Trevecca Nazarene College and taught a music business class at Vanderbilt University, both in Nashville.  In 2004, he was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Jim Foglesong was 90 when he passed away on July 9, 2013.

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Died On This Date (April 10, 2013) Tim Carr / Former A&R Executive at Capitol, Dreamworks & Geffen

Posted by themusicsover on April 10, 2013

Tim Carr
DOB Unknown – April 10, 2013

tim-carrTim Carr was a songwriter, producer, and A&R executive who made perhaps his biggest mark on the music business while at Capitol, Dreamworks and Geffen Records.  While at Capitol, Carr was instrumental in signing such bands as the Beastie Boys and Megadeth to the label.  Throughout his career he also worked with such acts as Lush, Babes In Toyland, David Byrne, and Information Society.  Prior to his record company work, Carr, who was living in Minneapolis, wrote music reviews for the local press and put on a local music festival.  During the early 2000s, he moved to Thailand where he was worked with local rock singer, Sek Loso.  He was also working on a music documentary.  According to various sources, Carr’s body was discovered in his home by his landlord with at least one apparently fatal stab wound to the chest.  Other circumstances surrounding his death were not immediately released.  Tim Carr was 57 when he passed away.

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Died On This Date (February 18, 2013) Pat Egan / Relapse Records

Posted by themusicsover on February 18, 2013

Pat Egan
DOB Unknown – February 18, 2013

pat-egan-relapseA fixture of the New York metal scene, Pat Egan was a beloved music industry veteran who spent the past 10 years at iconic Metal label,  Relapse Records. He was, most recently, their Director of Retail Sales and Marketing.  In his capacity at Relapse, Egan was directly involved in the successes of Mastodon, Baroness, and High On Fire, to name a few.  His passion for the job and metal music in particular made him a favorite within the retail community as well as with artists and management companies.  Egan began his music career at Long Island retail giant, Looney Tunes where he ultimately served as store manager.  He later worked at the Pavement, KOCH and Energy labels before landing at Relapse.  Most, if not all who came in contact with Egan praised him.  Pat Egan was hospitalized in late 2012 with pneumonia, but never fully recovered before passing away on February 18, 2013.

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Died On This Date (November 8, 2012) Pete Namlook / Electronic Music Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on November 8, 2012

Pete Namlook (Born Peter Kuhlmann)
1960 – November 8, 2012

Pete Namlook was a German electronic music producer whose innovations in ambient are highly regarded by both fans and peers alike.  In 1993, he founded the FAX +49-69/450464 record label and has since released upwards of 130 album, both of his own and as a collaborator.  The list of artists he worked with includes Bill Laswell, Klaus Schulze, and Richie Hawtin.  Pete Namlook was 51 when he died peacefully of “unspecified causes” on November 8, 2012.

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