Brad McCuen

Date: 1974 May 08
Length: 156 min.
Call Number: OH102


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

1974 May 8
(2 hours, 36 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen talks about his early years with RCA Victor. Discussion includes the impact of the 1948 musicians’ strike against the recording labels; joining RCA; the impact of radio on record sales; early RCA artists, including Eddy Arnold; the development of the disc jockey record; RCA’s role in developing the phonograph record; comments on the early record labels, including Columbia and Decca; comments on his sales territory; the relationship between distribution and sales; early RCA employees, including Bob Holt; comments on the record market; and his career promotion within RCA.