Brad McCuen

Date: 1988 April 08
Length: 66 min.
Call Number: OHC186


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

1988 April 8
(1hour,6 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen talks about working at RCA during the 1950s. Discussion includes working as an assistant to Steve Sholes; the growing impact of Elvis on RCA and the music industry; Steve Sholes’s leadership at RCA; his transfer to Chicago in 1955; events at RCA during the late 1950s; artists he worked with during these years, including Martha Carson, and George Beverly Shea; working at the RCA studio in Nashville; and the attitudes of the RCA organization during these years.