Bill Porter

Date: 1994 November 13
Length: 146 min.
Call Number: OHC230


Recording engineer. Born June 15, 1931. Full name: Billy Rhodes Porter. Chief engineer for RCA Records Nashville, 1959-1963. Engineer for Columbia Records Nashville, 1963. Manager, Monument Records Nashville studio, 1964-1966. Operated his own recording studio in Las Vegas, 1966-1973. Engineered Elvis Presley’s stage shows, 1970-1977.

Interview Summary

1994 November 13
(2 hours, 26 minutes)
Recording engineer Bill Porter talks about his career and describes several of his recording techniques. Discussion includes pop artists he recorded; the trend toward independent producers; comments on the style of different producers, including Bill Lowery and Archie Bleyer; experiences recording publishers’ demos; his first chart record; recording Roy Orbison’s “Candy Man”; recording Eddy Arnold; experiences recording various gospel groups; recording the Kershaws; recording Elvis Presley; comments on good songwriting and good songs, including “Detroit City,” and “Abilene”; recording Homer & Jethro; recording Hank Locklin; working with John Loudermilk; working with Roger Miller; recording Jim Reeves; recording Hank Snow; recording Porter Wagoner; and comments on his collection of photographs from various recording sessions.