Fred Foster

Music entrepreneur Fred Foster contributed a great deal to Nashville country-pop of the 1960s and '70s as a producer and as the head of one of the city's strongest independent labels, Monument. He is best known for producing most of the biggest and best classic hits by Roy Orbison, whom Foster produced for the first half of the '60s. He also played a vital role in the career of Kris Kristofferson, and worked with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Ray Stevens, and others.