Brad McCuen

Date: 1975 April 29
Length: 135 min.
Call Number: OH106


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

1975 April 29
(2 hours, 15 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen recalls highlights from his career focusing on the 1950s. Discussion includes memories of the first Don Gibson recording session; the albums he produced for the Country Music Association (CMA); his experiences working at RCA during the late 1950s; experiences from his early years as a producer, including his work with children’s recordings and working with the Sons of the Pioneers; early RCA recording sites in Nashville; memories of one of the first interracial recording sessions in Nashville; and experiences with the Camden label.