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The old studio

the Hut inside...

... and outside !

In 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 musicians.

In 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.

Decca 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.

Session #1
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".

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