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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 (June 15, 2011) Wild Man Fischer / Unconventional Singer-Songwriter

Posted by themusicsover on June 15, 2011

Larry “Wild Man” Fischer
November 6, 1944 – June 15, 2011

Wild Man Fischer was a cultish singer-songwriter whose unconventional music and actions could be attributed to mental illness.  He’s been called severely paranoid schizophrenic, manic depressive, and an acid casualty.  Fischer was kicked out of high school for singing in class, and at 16 was institutionalized after attacking his mother with a knife.  Upon his release the following year, he landed on the  streets of Los Angeles where he continued to sing his outlandish songs to pedestrians at just 10 cents each.  Another venue he enjoyed was Dodger Stadium where he serenaded fans while selling peanuts.  He also entered area talent shows, and it was at one of these that he caught the attention of Solomon Burke who took him on tour with him.  By the late ’60s, Fischer was hanging out along West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip where he opened for the likes of Iron Butterfly and Bo Diddley.  He was soon spotted by Frank Zappa who recorded his first album, An Evening With Wild Man Fischer in 1968.  He went on to perform with Art and Artie Barnes and recorded additional albums on his own through the ’80s.  His 1975 Go To Rhino Records was the first album ever released by the esteemed Rhino label.  Throughout his career, Fischer worked with such luminaries as Linda Ronstadt, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Tom Waits, and oddly enough, Rosemary Clooney, with whom he dueted on 1986’s “It’s A Hard Business.”  In recent years he has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, while making other random appearances.  He is also the subject of a recent documentary, Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of Wild Man Fischer.  Wild Man Fischer was 66 when he passed away on June 15, 2011.  Cause of death was not immediately released, but he was reportedly suffering from heart issues.

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Died On This Date (July 31, 2010) Mitch Miller / Successful Band Leader & TV Personality

Posted by themusicsover on July 31, 2010

Mitch Miller
July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010

Mitch Miller was many things – musician, record company executive, A&R man, singer, conductor, band leader and producer, but to millions of Americans he was the host of the popular television series and number one albums entitled Sing Along With Mitch.  Although his music was far from rock ‘n roll, he is considered one of the most influential people in popular music.  He is also often credited for inventing what would later be called karaoke because of the “bouncing ball” he used over the songs’ lyrics as the music was broadcast into homes during the ’50s and ’60s.  As an A&R man and producer for Columbia Records, Miller helped create stars out of the likes of Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Rosemary Clooney.   Many songs he produced have since become pop standards.   He also discovered Aretha Franklin and signed her to her very first record deal until she was courted away by Atlantic Records.     Mitch Miller was 99 when he passed away on July 31, 2010.

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Died On This Date (June 29, 2002) Rosemary Clooney / American Pop Vocalist

Posted by themusicsover on June 29, 2010

Rosemary Clooney
May 23, 1928 – June 29, 2002

Rosemary Clooney was a popular jazz vocalist during the ’50s thanks in part to her hit, “Come On-a My House.”  It was during this time that Clooney was also appearing in major motion pictures including White Christmas alongside Bing Crosby, Vera Ellen, and Danny Kaye.  She also was a familiar presence on young television, making guest appearances as well as starring in her own musical variety show, The Rosemary Clooney Show.  Clooney’s career got somewhat sidetracked during the ’60s due to personal problems, but by the mid ’70s, she was back as strong as ever.  She signed with Concord Records in 1977 and released a new album virtually every year until her death in 2002.  In 1995, Clooney received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring performance alongside nephew, George Clooney on ER.    Rosemary Clooney died as a result of lung cancer at the age of 74.

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Died On This Date (December 2, 2009) Aaron Schroeder / Wrote Several Hits For Elvis

Posted by themusicsover on December 2, 2009

Aaron Schroeder
September 7, 1926 – December 2, 2009

At right with Gene Pitney

At right with Gene Pitney

Aaron Schroeder was a producer and prolific songwriter who reportedly penned upwards of 2000 tunes.  Elvis Presley recorded seventeen of his songs, including the hits “A Big Hunk of Love,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “Stuck on You.”  Other legends to make hits out of Schroeder’s songs were Roy Orbison, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Perry Como and many more.  He also wrote the theme song for the Saturday morning cartoon, Scooby Doo Where Are You?. As a producer, Schroeder worked with, among others, Jimi Hendrix, Gene Pitney and Barry White.    Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, Aaron Schroeder, 84, passed away on December 2, 2009.



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