Colonel Jim Wilson

Date: 1983 March 07
Length: 90 min.
Call Number: OHC332


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 7
(1 hour, 30 minutes)
Music industry executive “Colonel” Jim Wilson talks about his association with King Records. Discussion includes joining the King Records Detroit distribution branch; a comparison between the King and Decca distribution operations; his move to field supervisor for King; the King office in Cincinnati; his experiences working promotion for King; comments on changes in distribution; the general pattern of r&b and country distribution; the differences in the appeal of country music; profit margin of country vs. r&b; the impact of transportation on record sales; King’s artist recruitment; and memories of Syd Nathan.