Harold Bradley

Date: 1974 January 17
Call Number: OH514


Guitarist. Born January 2, 1926. Member of the original “A Team” of Nashville studio musicians. His rhythm guitar playing can be heard on Red Foley’s 1950 hit “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy,” and his banjo playing on the opening notes of Johnny Horton’s 1959 hit “The Battle of New Orleans.” With brother Owen Bradley, co-owned Nashville’s famous Bradley Film and Recording Studios. Member, Studio Musicians Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1974 January 17
Printed transcript only. Audio recording not available.
Guitarist Harold Bradley talks about his experiences as a Nashville musician. Discussion includes the development of his interest in the guitar; his early musical influences; memories of early professional work, including working for Ernest Tubb; experiences working in Nashville during the early years of the country music industry; the story behind the Bradley Film and Recording Studios; experiences as a recording session musician; and comments on the growing versatility of Nashville musicians.