Posted by themusicsover on July 9, 2013
July 26, 1922 – July 9, 2013
Jim 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.
Posted in Country, Record Label, Singer | Tagged: Connie Francis, Conway Twitty, Dion & The Belmonst, Doris Day, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jim Foglesong, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Robert Goulet, Rosemary Clooney | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on December 13, 2012
May 1, 1939 – December 13, 2012
Willie Ackerman was a Nashville based drummer who, over a career that stretched from 1957 through the ’80s, recorded or performed live with the likes of Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and the Monkees, to name just a few. Ackerman was just 17 when he launched his music career, and what followed were stints for the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and RCA Studios where he played on countless recordings. He was one of the few drummers who made the a successful transition from the traditional country of his early years, to the Nashville Sound of the ’60s, through the Outlaw movement of the ’70s. Legendary records he can be heard on include Marty Robbins’ “El Paso,” George Jones’ “The Last Tour,” and Jerry Reed’s “Amos Moses.” Willie Ackerman was 73 when he died in his sleep on December 13, 2012.
Thanks to Henk de Bruin for the assist
Posted in Country, Musician | Tagged: George Jones, Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Louis Armstrong, Marty Robbins, The Monkees, Waylon Jennings, Willie Ackerman, Willie Nelson | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on January 20, 2012
March 26, 1942 – January 20, 2012
Larry Butler was a respected Nashville producer who, over the course of his career, helped create hits for the likes of Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, John Denver, and Kim Carnes. A gifted pianist and singer as well, Butler was just 6 years old when he launched his career with a performance with the Harry James Orchestra. Born in Florida, Butler moved to Nashville in 1963 to find work as a session player. Before he knew it, his stellar piano playing was being featured on records by such country luminaries as Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette, to name just a few. By the early ’70s, Butler was the head of United Artists’ Nashville division and producing some of the era’s greatest records. In fact, it was Butler who partnered Kenny Rogers with Dottie West to record some of the greatest country duets in history. But it was Rogers alone who he had the most success with. Hits like “Coward Of The County,” “The Gambler,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Lucille” all had Butler at the helm. To this day, Butler remains the only Nashville producer to be awarded the Grammy for Producer of the Year. Larry Butler died of natural causes on January 20, 2012. He was 69.
Posted in Country, Musician, Producer | Tagged: Conway Twitty, Dottie West, George Jones, Harry James, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Larry Butler, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on January 7, 2012
October 21, 1915 – January 7, 1998
Owen Bradley was a prominent country music producer who was one of the architects of what would become known as the “Nashville Sound.” Bradley began his career at storied radio station, WSM-AM, where he worked as a staff musician and engineer. He quickly moved up the ranks while moonlighting as a songwriter. Bradley’s earliest song of significance was “Night Train To Memphis,” first made famous by Roy Acuff. He was soon hired by Decca Records as a musician and assistant producer, working on many country hits of the ’50s. By 1958, Bradley was the vice president of the label’s Nashville division and was laying the foundation for the Nashville Sound. Throughout his career, Bradley helped make stars out of the likes of Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and Brenda Lee. His recordings of Cline in particular, became the blueprint for those of countless female country singers to come. Owen Bradly was 82 when he passed away on January 7, 1998.
Posted in Country, Musician, Producer | Tagged: Brenda Lynn, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Owen Bradley, Patsy Cline, Roy Acuff | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on November 5, 2011
Patsi Bale Cox
DOB Unknown – November 5, 2011
Patsy Bale Cox was a Nashville music journalist and author who penned the popular book, The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country’s Big Boom, that examined the success of country icon, Garth Brooks. Born in Kansas, Cox settled in Nashville in 1983 and started out doing freelance work while editing bios and such for Capitol and Polygram Records. She eventually became a popular writer of autobiographies in the “as told to” role. Her two such books with Ralph Emery were best sellers. Over the course of her career, Cox wrote books about such music greats as Pat Benatar, Tanya Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Tony Orlando, and Loretta Lynn. As reported by CMT, Patsi Bale Cox died of emphysema on November 5, 2011. She was 66.
Thanks to Craig Rosen at Number 1 Albums for the assist.
Posted in Journalist | Tagged: Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Pat Benatar, Patsi Bale Cox, Ralph Emery, Tanya Tucker, Tony Orlando, Wynonna Judd | Leave a Comment »