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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 14:58

Jim Foglesong, label exec, hall of famer, dies

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.