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Jim Foglesong Passes Away at 90


Jim Foglesong, a legendary country music executive, died Tuesday in Nashville. Foglesong signed Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, George Strait, the Oak Ridge Boys and others. This is from USA Today’s story on his passing:

The Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen says he recently spent several hours with Foglesong in his hospital room and explained that The Oak Ridge Boys owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.

“He’s the first person that ever gave The Oak Ridge Boys a chance in country music,” Allen says. “Every other record executive in Nashville that we went to said, ‘We already have a group in country music.’ Jim Foglesong was the first person who said, ‘We have room for The Oak Ridge Boys.'”

The Oak Ridge Boys perform Elvira above.