Jim Foglesong, label exec, hall of famer, dies

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 11:06 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jim Foglesong, a record label executive and music producer who helped launch Garth Brooks' career and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, has died. He was 90.

Kristin Whittlesey is a spokeswoman at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where Foglesong had been a faculty member since 1991. She says she Foglesong died Tuesday in Nashville of natural causes.

Foglesong is a West Virginia native. He began his career in New York as a session singer, producer and record executive and moved to Nashville in 1970 after helping Columbia Records launch subsidiary Epic. In Nashville, he was president of Capitol Records from 1984-89 and he helped launch Brooks' career.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

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