LifeNotes: Bradley ‘Slim’ Williamson

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Pictured (L-R): Ronnie McDowell and Slim Williamson

Bradley “Slim” Williamson, of Jefferson, Ga., died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. He was 86.

Williamson is the father of Starstruck executive Cliff Williamson. Williamson developed one of Country’s first major independent labels, Chart Records, which was founded in 1964. Williamson was credited with discovering Lynn Anderson, Junior Samples, and Ronnie McDowell, among others, and produced numerous Top 10 records on the charts during the ’60s and ’70s.

He also developed publishing companies including Yonah Music, which was later sold to Acuff-Rose Publishing and published songs including Merle Haggard‘s “Strangers” during the course of his career.


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