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Connie B. Gay was one of country’s leading entrepreneurs of the 1950s, playing a seminal role in transforming what was still called “hillbilly” music into a modern entertainment industry in just one decade.
Connie B. Gay’s Town & Country Time TV show helped launch the careers of artists including Patsy Cline, Jimmy Dean, and Roy Clark.
Pictured here are few of the stars of Town and Country Time, which was sponsored by the US Army Corp: Grandpa and Ramona Jones, Mary Klick, and Connie B. Gay.
Because Connie B. Gay owned the rights to his Town and Country moniker, all negotiations related to its use required his permission. He received lucrative gains from brokering the program's syndication.
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CONNIE B. GAY.
In 1964, Jim Foglesong moved from Columbia Records to RCA where he produced several pop and country acts including Bobby Sykes, Les Paul & Mary Ford, and Al Hirt.
Jim Foglesong moved to Nashville in 1970 to head Dot Records and had success with artists Roy Clark, Donna Fargo, Barbara Mandrell, and many others.
In 1984, Jim Foglesong became president of Capitol Records’ Nashville division. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of artists such as Suzy Bogguss, Sawyer Brown, and Tanya Tucker.
While at Capitol, Jim Foglesong signed Garth Brooks after he had been rejected by every other label in town. Garth has since gone on to become the top selling country artist of all time.
Through his long and distinguished career, Jim Foglesong has also chaired the boards of directors of the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
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Many consider Owen Bradley’s productions with Decca female vocalists to be his finest. He has produced numerous hits with Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn among many others.
One of Owen Bradley’s first big production successes was Red Foley’s 1950 million seller “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy,” which shot to #1 on both the country and pop charts.
In 1947, Decca executive Paul Cohen hired Owen Bradley to lead the label’s recording sessions after recognizing Bradley's studio skills during recording visits to Nashville.
Owen Bradley's office from his "Bradley's Barn" recording studio in Mount Juliet, TN has been re-assembled, as he left it, and is currently on display at the Museum.
In 1955, Owen Bradley and his brother Harold built one of the first independent recording studios in an old house at 804 16th Avenue South. They later added an army Quonset hut film and recording facility behind it.