Colonel Jim Wilson

Date: 1983 February 23
Length: 70 min.
Call Number: OHC330


Music industry executive. Full name: James T. Wilson. Sales and promotion executive with King Records, 1949-1965; Starday Records, mid-1960s; and Starday-King Records, late 1960s-early 1970s.

Interview Summary

1983 February 23
(1 hour, 10 minutes)
Music industry executive “Colonel” Jim Wilson describes the early years of his career at King Records. Discussion includes the Detroit record shops during the late 1940s; analysis of the “hillbilly music” market; his assessment of Detroit as a good record town; joining King Records as a salesman and his experiences learning the business; a description of his activities at King and his marketing techniques; reflections on radio programming during the 1950s; the volume of sales from the King Detroit branch; and comments on his experiences working with the radio community.