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Fred Luther Foster (born July 26, 1931) is a songwriter, music record producer, and founder of Monument Records. July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster. ...


Born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, he struggled to help look after his family when his father passed away. At age 17, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he eventually worked for Mercury Records and then in 1955 went to ABC-Paramount. Rutherford County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ... Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Official website: http://www. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...


Using his life savings, in September of 1958, he started the Monument Record Company (so named after the Washington Mounument in DC) where he remained active until 1983. Although running what was basically a country music record label, Foster is credited with the development of Rock and Roll legend Roy Orbison's career. 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Roy Orbison at a London press conference, late 1988. ...


Foster played a significant role in Dolly Parton's early career, signing her to Monument in 1964, shortly after her arrival in Nashville, when no other record companies were interested. Dolly Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country singer, songwriter, composer, author and actress. ...


Amongst the songs for which he is noted, Fred Foster co-wrote (with Kris Kristofferson) Me and Bobby McGee which was a very big hit, both for Kristofferson himself, as well as for Janis Joplin. Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... Me and Bobby McGee is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Kristofferson and is one of the most-covered songs of all time. ... Janis Joplin on the cover of her posthumously released live album In Concert Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter with a distinctive voice. ...


Fred Foster also started a soul/R&B label called 'Sound Stage 7' in the 1960s. Its rostrum of artists included Joe Simon, Alvin Cash, Allen Toussaint (recording under another name), Ivory Joe Hunter and the O'Jays, among others. Tracks by artists on this label, often produced by Foster with arrangements by Bill Justis (famous in rock history for his hit 'Raunchy'), were generally only available as singles. Arthur Alexander was also one of this label's artists for a time and one deserving a special mention in pop and rock history for his particular influence on the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In particular, it is believed that John Lennon was heavily influenced in his singing style by Arthur Alexander. Paul Shaffer (L) and Allen Toussaint on the September 07, 2005 show of The Late Show with David Letterman Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. In the 1960s and 1970s... Ivy Jo Hunter (born George Ivy Hunter) was a songwriter and record producer for the Motown label. ... The OJays were a 1970s Philadelphia soul group, originally consisting of Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell and Eddie Levert. ... William E. Bill Justis Jr. ... Arthur Alexander (May 10, 1940 - June 9, 1993), born in Florence, Alabama, was perhaps the biggest star to arise out of the American country-soul scene. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ... John Winston Ono Lennon (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980) was best known as a singer, songwriter, poet and guitarist for the English music group The Beatles. ...


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Fred Foster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (328 words)
Fred Luther Foster (born July 26, 1931) is a songwriter, music record producer, and founder of Monument Records.
Foster played a significant role in Dolly Parton's early career, signing her to Monument in 1964, shortly after her arrival in Nashville, when no other record companies were interested.
Amongst the songs for which he is noted, Fred Foster co-wrote (with Kris Kristofferson) Me and Bobby McGee which was a very big hit, both for Kristofferson himself, as well as for Janis Joplin.
Frederick Foster, 86; a radio star turned teacher | The San Diego Union-Tribune (627 words)
Foster became the voice of weekly Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert broadcasts and conducted a midnight to 4 a.m.
Foster was commissioned during World War II as an ensign in the Naval Reserve and saw 3½ years of active duty – most of it at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado – in roles ranging from communications instructor to executive officer.
Foster cut back to part-time duties in 1968, enabling him to travel with his wife to more than 75 countries and research a family history that traced 12 generations of Fosters to their English origins.
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