Norman Exits As Warner Nashville Prez

Executive held post for 21 years.

Jim Ed Norman has exited Warner Bros. Records in Nashville, where he has been president for 21 years. While his departure had been rumored, the 55-year-old Norman was not expected to exit until the end of the year. Today (June 11) was his last day on the job.

In addition to running the label for more than two decades, Norman had a distinguished career as a producer, arranger and piano player. Among the numerous acts he produced are Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Crystal Gayle, John Anderson, Take 6, Brenda Lee, Emmylou Harris and Michael Martin Murphey. Norman got his start in the band Shiloh with Don Henley and went on to arrange and performed on albums by the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt.