Brad McCuen

Date: 1974 June 19
Length: 95 min.
Call Number: OH103


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 June 19
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen talks about his work at RCA, focusing on the record market during the 1950s and his work with reissued recordings. Discussion includes his promotion and transfer to Chicago; early RCA employees, including Harry Jenkins; memories of Elvis Presley at the start of Presley’s career; the polka market; the relationship between distribution and sales; changes in record retail outlets; memories of Steve Sholes; the story behind the Vintage label; and comments on liner notes.