Colonel Jim Wilson

Date: 1983 March 14
Length: 118 min.
Call Number: OHC333


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 14
(1 hour, 58 minutes)
Music industry executive “Colonel” Jim Wilson talks about King Records during the 1950s-1960s. Discussion includes his move from King Records to Columbia Records; working as the Midwest District Manager for Columbia; the Midwest record market during the 1950s; his return to King; the King r&b and country markets during the mid to late 1950s; the working environment in Detroit; the decline in King’s country product; his move to Starday Records; the sale of King; the Starday-King sale to Lin Broadcasting; the Starday-King catalogue; hiring Henry Glover; the recording direction of Starday-King, including bluegrass; the sale of the James Brown contract; and comments on the circumstances behind his decision to leave Starday-King.