Colonel Jim Wilson

Date: 1983 April 04
Length: 122 min.
Call Number: OHC334


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 April 4
(2 hours, 2 minutes)
Music industry executive “Colonel” Jim Wilson talks about the Starday Records operation during the mid-1960s. Discussion includes his decision to join Starday as national sales manager; the origin of his nickname “Colonel”; memories of Starday promotions; the impact of competition from major labels; comments on standard and nonstandard retail outlets; memories of Starday’s staff, including Don Pierce, Charlie Dick, and Tommy Hill; the impact of rising expenses; the decision to buy King Records and the subsequent purchase by Lin Broadcasting; and comments on the impact of James Brown’s prominence on the Starday-King label.