Colonel Jim Wilson

Date: 1983 March 03
Length: 83 min.
Call Number: OHC331


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 March 3
(1 hour, 23 minutes)
Music industry executive “Colonel” Jim Wilson recalls his experiences as a promoter for both country music and r&b. Discussion focuses on the role of radio within the music industry; his comments on WLAC-Nashville; memories of King Records; his experiences working in Detroit; comments on the rise of formatted programming and changes in radio; the impact of World War II on breaking down music barriers; and comments on changes in promotion.