Jim Fagan (1932-1984) was born in southwestern Kentucky, moved to Coalfield, Tennessee as a child, and eventually settled in Clinton, Tennessee, where he lived until his death. He joined the Air Force in the early 1950s and served two stints in Japan. There he met and married his wife Eiko. Their son Dudley was born in Tokyo in 1958. The family soon returned and settled in Clinton in the early 1960s. The Fagans opened an upholstery business, and, at times, Jim owned and operated a custom recording studio in South Clinton. He recorded hundreds of local musicians, and countless tracks himself, including many original compositions. Country artists Jim and Jesse McReynolds, the Wilburn Brothers, Hank Snow, Kirk Hansard, Red Sovine, Mike Lunsford, and many others recorded Jim Fagan originals.
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