Aaron Shelton

Date: 1983 September 08
Length: 150 min.
Call Number: OHC253


Radio and recording engineer. Born July 23, 1910. Died April 2000. Engineer for WSM Nashville and WSM-TV from 1930-1975. Co-founded the Castle Recording Laboratory, Nashville’s first professional recording service (1945-1956). During the studio’s decade of operation he worked as the chief engineer and recorded numerous country hits, including Red Foley’s “Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy,” and Hank Williams’s “You Win Again.”

Interview Summary

1983 September 8
(2 hours, 30 minutes)
Nashville recording engineer Aaron Shelton recalls his experiences working in the recording studio. Discussion includes the original session for “Near You”; the start of the Castle Recording Company; recording for Jim Bulleit; a description of the early recording equipment and early recording techniques; artists he recorded, including the Louvin Brothers, Red Foley, and Webb Pierce; radio engineering for the Grand Ole Opry; early WSM programming; working with different producers, including Paul Cohen, Fred Rose, Art Satherley, and Don Law; and memories of his experiences as an engineer.