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Music Executive Jim Foglesong Dies at Age 90

Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong & Allen Reynolds

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 23: Garth Brooks, Jim Foglesong and and Allen Reynolds posed together the 2009 Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award at the Renaissance Hotel on August 23, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)

GAC extends condolences to the family and friends of music industry executive Jim Foglesong. Country Aircheck reports the Country Music Hall of Famer passed away this morning at the age of 90. No further details are known at this time and arrangements are pending.

Foglesong is credited with giving record deals to both Garth Brooks and George Strait. He also worked with artists including Reba McEntire, the Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams and Barbara Mandrell.

“My family and I are deeply saddened by Jim Foglesong’s passing,” said Barbara in a statement. “Jim’s family and mine have shared so many wonderful times together as dear friends for so many years. He was such an important influence on my career as my record company president for most of the years I spent recording. He was a loving and caring friend who provided thoughtful wisdom and guidance. I have comfort and peace knowing that Jim loved our Lord Jesus Christ and he’s with Him now.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Don Williams released this statement:

“Jim Foglesong was truly one of my heroes, and he’ll be sorely missed. He was a giant in the industry and the model of a true gentleman. He was incredibly supportive of me as an artist and instrumental in much of the success I’ve enjoyed.”

A West Virginia native, Foglesong served as President of Nashville labels including MCA, ABC/Dot and Capitol. He retired from the music business in the early ’90s but most recently served as a professor and administrator for Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music and Trevecca Nazarene’s music industry programs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.


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