Aaron Shelton

Date: 1983 September 13
Length: 78 min.
Call Number: OHC402


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 13
(1 hour, 18 minutes)
Nashville recording engineer Aaron Shelton recalls events from his career. Discussion includes comments on typical Nashville radio programming during 1932, the Teacher’s College of the Air radio series; National Life and Accident Insurance Company promotions; WSM’s transcriptions for the Armed Forces Radio Network; WSM personnel after World War II, including Irving Waugh, John H. “Jack” DeWitt, and Harry Stone; the recording of “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy”; experiences recording at the Castle Recording Studio and the Ryman Auditorium, including recording Hank Williams; memories of the working relationship between Hank Williams and Fred Rose; and memories of King Records founder Syd Nathan.