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Record Executive Jim Foglesong Passes Away

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 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 said 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 became a key player in the careers of Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Don Williams.

Mandrell issued a statement, saying in part "My family and I are deeply saddened by Jim Foglesong's passing. 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."

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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