Tuesday, July 9, 2013
– Jim Fogelsong, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and a record company executive who signed Garth Brooks, died this morning at 90.
Fogelsong was born July 26, 1922 in Lundale, West Va. Foglesong is a World War II veteran and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He moved to Nashville with Dot Records.
As president of Dot, ABC, Capitol Records and MCA, he signed Barbara Mandrell, Don Williams, Donna Fargo, Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys, Con Hunley, George Strait, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Kevin Morris. Foglesong was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
After retiring from the active recording industry, Foglesong became head of the music business department of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. He also taught a Business of Music class at Vanderbilt University.