Brad McCuen

Date: 1976 April 09
Length: 95 min.
Call Number: OH114


Music executive. Born May 17, 1921. Sales and production executive for RCA Records, 1948-1969. In 1969 he left RCA to head Mega Records and oversaw the release of the label’s biggest record, Sammi Smith’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” Later served as Director of Country Music for SESAC. Longtime Country Music Foundation board member.

Interview Summary

1976 April 9
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen talks about his career with the performance rights organization SESAC (originally, Society of European Stage Authors and Composers). Discussion includes his work for Peer-Southern; a brief history of SESAC and its relationship to ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.); a brief history of popular music in America during the 1920s and 1930s; a comparison of the SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI systems; and his experiences working for SESAC.