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date: 23 August 2019

Bowen, Jimmy locked

  • David Sanjek

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(b Santa Rita, NM, Nov 30, 1937). American instrumentalist, record producer, and label executive. Bowen first made his mark as a recording artist with “I’m Stickin’ with You” in 1957, which originally appeared as the B-side of Buddy Knox’s “Party Doll.” It peaked at number 14 on Billboard’s pop charts, sold a million copies, and was certified gold by the RIAA. In the early 1960s, Bowen moved to Los Angeles, where Frank Sinatra hired him as a producer at Reprise Records. He supervised his recordings as well as those by Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., leading some to joke that Bowen had rejuvenated the Rat Pack for the youth market. Bowen also brought together producer-singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood with Nancy Sinatra, and a sequence of hits ensued. Bowen ran an independent label, Amos Records, from 1969 to 1971, whose catalogue includes some of the earliest work by future Eagles members Glenn Frey and Don Henley. He moved to Nashville thereafter and began his ascendance to the head of a sequence of labels, including MGM, Elektra, Warner Brothers, MCA, Universal, and Capitol, which he re-named Liberty. He oversaw the careers of such country stars as Hank Williams Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, George Bogguss, and Garth Brooks. Bowen was known for his dedication to digital technology and desire to integrate out-of-town musicians with Nashville’s session players. He retired in ...

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