Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hot Line Record Distributor co-owner Jim Crudgington was an aggressive marketer who was jointly responsible for establishing many hit records throughout the region. Feared by the weak and embraced by the mighty, Crudgington was a mover and shaker. Many recording artist never take into account the key roles played by these power brokers. Savvy promotion and marketing people knew all the right buttons to push when developing a hit record.  Posted by Picasa


Blogger Chris Nystrom said...

I wonder how the internet has changed who the power brokers are?

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillip ~
Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of Jim Crudgington and your visit to Hot Line with Plant & Page. It sounds like a "classic Crudge" episode. I had the good fortune of working with Jim as Hot Line's & R.D.M.'s operations manager before Jim's death. I have a couple of similar stories about Jim, a wonderful man and legend of the music industry.
I have often thought that it is a shame that no one has written a history of the music industry in the south focusing on the titans who helped establish it .. Crudge, Hutch Carlock (I also had the pleasure of working with Hutch), Stan Lewis (see, Ron Hall), the All-State guys in Texas and the others who made the biz. What stories they could all tell!!
Thanks again for bringing back some great memories.
John Thomas

8:26 AM  

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