Brad McCuen

Date: 1975 May 08
Length: 142 min.
Call Number: OH107


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 May 8
(2 hours, 22 minutes)
Music industry executive Brad McCuen recalls the final years of his career at RCA. Discussion includes an overview of his work in specialty recordings: his work with reissues, including the Vintage label; comments on the reissue market; memories of Steve Sholes; experiences as an A&R man for RCA; his work with RCA’s jazz recordings; changes within RCA; his dismissal from RCA; and his career move to Nashville.