the Hut inside...
... and outside !
the 1940s Owen and Harold Bradley started a filmstudio in Nashville. They
soon moved to an old army barrack in the southern part of town. They made
it their home and set up a state of the art recording studio. Known as
the Quonset Hut (not to be mistaken with Bradley’s Barn). It was
officialy named: Bradley Film & Recording Studio.
The two brothers started recording artists like Kitty Wells, Red Foley,
Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline and Webb Pierce with Harold as one of the session
the mid Fifties Decca became interested in the newest trend, rockabilly.
Johnny Carroll, Johnny Horton, Roy Hall and Jimmy Lloyd put down some
classic tracks in this studio. In 1956 Gene Vincent recorded Be-bop-a-Lula
there and Johnny Burnette and his trio had several classic sessions. Conway
Twitty recorded his early hits here aswell.
recognized Buddy's talent but found Bob Montgomery's voice to be too country.
This broke up the Buddy, Bob & Larry Trio. Larry was still in school
and unable to travel as much as Buddy had plans for.
Buddy bought his Fender Stratocaster for $305, Hi-Pockets Duncan tore
up his contract with the trio, and Buddy, Sonny Curtis and Don Guess packed
into Buddy's Oldsmobile to make the long trip to Nashville.
Buddy was asked not to play his guitar, instead Grady Martin (a member
of the socalled A-Team of Nashville session musicians) played rhythm,
Sonny did lead, Don Guess on bass, and Doug Kirkham (another Nashville
musician) on drums. Owen Bradley produced the session on January 26th,
1956. Owen Bradley was advised by Decca executives to make it a country
session, while Buddy wanted to make it a rock ‘n’ roll session.
Buddy wanted the Nashville musicians to do things that they were just
unable to do. Those two elements made that the cooperation between Buddy
and Bradley was a disaster.
Buddy was also told by Webb Pierce to sing high pitched, “because
that’s what people like these days”.
"Love Me", "Don't Come Back Knockin'", "Blue
Days, Black Nights', and "Midnight Shift" were recorded between
7 - 10 pm. They released Buddy's first single on April 16, 1956: "Love
Me" backed with "Blue Days, Black Nights".