Fred Foster

Date: 2000 November 29
Length: 147 min.
Call Number: OHC398

Biography

Music industry executive. Born July 26, 1931. Founded Monument Records and Combine Music Publishing Company, 1958. Artists’ roster included Billy Grammer, Roy Orbison, and Dolly Parton. Songwriting credits include co-writer (with Kris Kristofferson) on “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Interview Summary

2000 November 29
(2 hours, 27 minutes)
Fred Foster discusses his career in making and marketing records. Discussion includes how he and Wesley Rose disagreed over Roy Orbison’s single releases; record promotion; the payola scandal in the 1950’s and 1960’s; starting Monument Records with co-owners Frank Bamberger and Jack Sobel; disc jockey Buddy Deane’s assistance in promoting records; how to deal with various DJ’s; marketing records in stores; major label promotion and marketing vs. independent label promotion and marketing; recording Roy Orbison’s single “Crying”; Cindy Walker writing “Dream Baby”; his desire to make the best record he can and spending liberally to do so; being an outsider in the Nashville recording industry; impressions of Wesley Rose; the creation of “Oh, Pretty Woman”; and Roy Orbison’s move to MGM.