Charlie Hall, a 30-year veteran for RCA Records who retired in 1986, died on March 4, 2015 in his John Creeks, Ga. home. He was 88.
A World War II veteran who was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated from a German prison camp in 1945, Hall went to Columbia University and graduated with a degree in journalism, according to his obituary on Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory.
After college he went to work for WINS Radio in New York as a writer and producer and landed a job in 1955 working in sales and marketing for RCA. Company legend has it that one time when he was walking into the RCA building early in his career, he met a young man carrying a guitar case who was heading to the RCA studios. In a brief conversation, Hall asked if he was recording for the label and the young man answered, 'I sure hope I can do some good for this company.' That man was Elvis Presley.
"Charlie was a great guy to work for," says former BMG Distribution's vp of field operation and vp of sales at BMG Heritage Tom O'Flynn. "He was a great mentor and fostered more careers at RCA than any other individual."
After his retirement, Hall served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University in the Commercial Music/Recording Program; he also co-authored a text book called Marketing in the Music Industry in 1996, according to his obit on the funeral home website.
Hall is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary, and his sons Tom, Bill, Jim, Chris and Chip and 11 grandchildren.