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Frank Jones

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Birth: March 4, 1928 - Toronto, Ontario
  • Death: February 3, 2004 - Nashville, Tennessee

BIOGRAPHY:

Frank Jones began his music career as a performer, founding his own band at the age of 15. He then worked as both a radio broadcaster and talent booker. In the 1950s, Jones joined the Columbia Records in Canada were he first worked in sales and promotion and later in the A&R department.

In 1961, Jones moved to Nashville to join Columbia's A&R staff, where he worked under the supervision of legendary producer Don Law. He worked with acts such as Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Ray Price and Lefty Frizzell. After leaving Columbia in 1973, Jones headed to Capitol Records' country division, producing session for Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, etc, then moving on to Inergi Records (1979), Warner Bros. (1980-83) and Mercury (1983-85).

During his years in the Nashville music scene, Frank Jones also sat as Chairman of the Board of the Country Music Foundation for 12 years, was the Nashville President of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), and is also credited in securing Nashville's first nationally televised Grammy Awards show. He was also responsible for creating the "International Show," a popular event during the Annual Fan Fair Festival in Nashville (now the CMA Music Fest).

Frank Jones was named Country Record Executive of the Year in 1972 by Billboard Magazine and has been honoured with the CMA's President's Award and the Connie B. Gay Founding President's Award.

 
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