Harold Bradley

Date: 1988 September 15
Length: 95 min.
Call Number: OHC36


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

1988 September 15
(1 hour, 35 minutes)
Guitarist Harold Bradley discusses his career as a professional musician. The interview begins with a detailed listing of the succession of studios he owned and operated with his brother, Owen Bradley, from the early 1950s forward. The interview then focuses on the development of Bradley’s musical career, starting with his early childhood. Discussion includes growing up in Nashville; the early career of Owen Bradley; Harold’s beginnings in music and his early musical influences; his years in military service; working with Ernest Tubb and learning to play country music; and memories of Eddy Arnold at the outset of his solo career.