Harold Bradley

Date: 1988 September 28
Length: 82 min.
Call Number: OHC37


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 28
(1 hour, 22 minutes)
Guitarist Harold Bradley discusses the course of his career after he returned home from military service during World War II. Discussion includes working on the Grand Ole Opry in 1946; his playing style for various Opry performers, including Eddy Arnold and Bradley Kincaid; working with Pee Wee King; leaving the Opry; the changing musical styles on the Opry; playing with Ivory Joe Hunter; working with Slim Whitman; and memories of the musicians who backed Red Foley at the Opry.