Foglesong, Jim [James Staton ]
- David Sanjek
(b Lundale, WV, July 26, 1922). American record label executive. Over the course of more than 50 years, Jim Foglesong has played an influential role in the administration of country music. He initially aimed to be a vocalist, performing on a local radio station as a teenager and receiving a degree as a vocal major from the Eastman School of Music in 1950. He subsequently moved to New York City, where he was hired by Columbia Records shortly thereafter. He was appointed the head of their Epic subsidiary in 1953 and held that position for the next ten years. He moved to RCA Victor in 1964 as the executive director of their pop acts. In 1970 Fogelsong moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and joined the Dot Record label as head of their Artist and Repertoire Department. In 1973 he became president of Dot Records. In 1979 he became president of MCA Records Nashville and was named the president of Capitol Records Nashville in 1983. During these appointments, the labels achieved chart success with releases by Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, George Strait, and Garth Brooks. Upon leaving Capitol in 1989, Foglesong switched fields to education, teaching at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and directing the music business program at Trevecca Nazarene University. He has also been a longtime associate of the Country Music Association, acting as its Chairman of the Board in 1976. In 2003 the organization inducted him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the nonperformer category.