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Fred Foster (26th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:55 pm
by john poole
Fred Luther Foster - born 26th July, 1931 (Rutherford County, North Carolina) - two birthdays back Charlie described him as "one of the great indie record men of all time"; and he appears to have been one of the few independent label bosses whose artists had nothing bad to say about him. He formed Monument Records in 1958 and had a million seller with the very first release ('Gotta Travel On' by Billy Grammer) - the following year he signed Roy Orbison (and produced his records).

'Only The Lonely' (1960) - early clip in which Roy's face is strangely naked (cuts out at 2:00).
(later removed from YT)
Originally two songs which Fred Foster suggested be combined. Roy left Monument in 1966 - made some more good records, but was never again as consistently successful.

Clip from Induction to the Musicians' Hall of Fame, Nashville; with tributes from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton. Includes the story of Fred coming up with the title for 'Me & Bobby McGee'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_wtuCO82vA

Others on Monument included Tony Joe White and Arthur Alexander (after his hits); and on the Sound Stage 7 subsidiary, Joe Simon.

"Regarding black and white music. I don't think there could have been one without the other. Do You?" - Fred quoted in Barney Hoskyns' "Say It One Time for the Brokenhearted".

Re: Fred Foster (26th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:06 pm
by john poole
Fred Foster, 85 today.

'Up Town' (1960) - the first of the many hits he produced by Roy Orbison, lip-synced for Dick Clark by Roy without his glasses
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFNum23Z4ek

'Me and Bobby McGee' - the song title that Fred gave to Kris Kristofferson - I think Waylon Jennings had one of the best of the many versions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1-_cZoUOEE

http://countrymusichalloffame.org/conte ... red-foster

Re: Fred Foster (26th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:37 am
by uiwangmike
He was inducted into the CM Hall of Fame only this year.
http://www.countryweekly.com/news/randy ... -inductees
And he's producing a Ray Price tribute album by Willie Nelson.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/
Monument had a pretty eclectic catalogue, including Charles Aznavour, Cliff Richard, some Chelsea supporters, and this (with Boots Randolph):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hVN6K9przA
http://www.globaldogproductions.info/m/monument.html

Re: Fred Foster (26th July Birthday)

PostPosted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:06 am
by john poole
uiwangmike wrote:he's producing a Ray Price tribute album by Willie Nelson.

With nice artwork; it looks and sounds good. There's a "making of" video -
http://www.rollingstone.com/country/new ... um-w430884

Monument had a pretty eclectic catalogue, including Charles Aznavour, Cliff Richard, some Chelsea supporters, and this (with Boots Randolph):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hVN6K9przA
I was not anticipating a Korean connection...