Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut

Quonset Hut

Yes it does exist!

Built in the early 1950’s by record producer Owen Bradley, the ‘Quonset Hut’ was the original Nashville recording home for Decca Records. Rock ‘n’ roll pioneers, like Buddy Holly, made their first professional recordings in Owen Bradley’s studio.

Here it is…

Me, standing in front of the famous Owen Bradley Quonset Hut.
Me, standing in front of the famous Owen Bradley Quonset Hut.
Quonset Hut, Music Row
Quonset Hut, Music Row, Nashville TN

Is this WWII surplus quonset hut the beginnings of Nashville’s Music Row?

The story according to Paul Schatzkin, from Cohesion Arts website.

Quonset Hut Photos

Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN.
Photo Courtesy Cohesion Arts.
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut. Photo taken from the alley. Courtesy Kent Blanton (via Facebook).
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio on Music Row, circa 1959.
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio on Music Row, circa 1959. Photo Courtesy Cohesion Arts Website.
Street view of the property at 804 16th Ave. South, probably early 1960s (photo from the Harold Bradley collection). The Quonset Hut studio (“Bradley’s Film & Recording Studios”) is visible at the rear of the house; from what I’ve gathered, there was another studio located inside the house itself, which was also used for sessions until the entire property was reconfigured by Columbia Records, who added the office complex and the brand new “Studio A” structure in the mid-60s. Photo Courtesy Steve Hoffman Music Forum.
Interior of Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN
Interior of Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio, Music Row, Nashville, TN. Photo Courtesy Pinterest.
Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut Studio Console
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Studio Console. Photo Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

How to find the ‘Quonset Hut’ on Music Row in Nashville

2018 Aerial Photo - Music Square
Aerial Photo – Music Square, Nashville TN
Aerial Detail - Owen Bradley's Quonset Hut
Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut, Nashville TN

Directions by Google

Happy searching!

More:

Book: How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 years of Music Row by Michael Kosser (Google Books).

Blog: Nashville Skyline, November 2009: New Life for the Quonset Hut, Mix Online.

Quonset Hut Hosts Reunion Celebration, Music Row, June 30, 2011.

Silvertone 1437 Guitar Electronics Tear Down

Silvertone 1437 Pick Guard and Electronics

Detailed tear down photos of a 1969 Silvertone 1437 electric guitar, pick guard, pickups and electronics.

Keywords: Sears, Silvertone, 1437, Shark Fin, Sharkfin, Teisco, ET-460, K4L, WG-4L

Hashtags: #tonegems #silvertone #silvertone1437 #sharkfin #teisco #teiscoET460 #teiscoK4L #teiscoWG4L

Silvertone 1437 Shark Fin Electric Guitar

Gallery Silvertone 1437

Also known as the Teisco ET-460 or K4L “shark fin” guitar.

This wonderful late 1960’s 4-pickup electric guitar was made in Japan (#MIJ) by Teisco and sold in United States by Sears. This particular guitar was recently purchased from eBay seller mwbutler. The excellent photos below are by mwbutler.

Keywords: Sears, Silvertone, 1437, Shark Fin, Sharkfin, Teisco, ET-460, K4L, WG-4L

Hashtags: #tonegems #silvertone #silvertone1437 #sharkfin #teisco #teiscoET460 #teiscoK4L #teiscoWG4L

The Bobby Vee Story

Bobby Vee

The Day the Music Died , The Start of a New Career

Robert Thomas Velline (April 30, 1943 – October 24, 2016), known professionally as Bobby Vee.

From Wikipdia.org:
Bobby Vee’s career began in the midst of tragedy. On February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” three of the four headline acts in the lineup of the traveling Winter Dance PartyBuddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper—were killed in the crash of a V-tailed 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, along with the 21-year-old pilot, Roger Peterson. (Dion DiMucci, the second headliner, had opted not to travel on the plane.) The plane crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa, en route to the next show on the tour itinerary, in Moorhead, Minnesota. Velline, then 15 years old, hastily assembled band of Fargo schoolboys (including his older brother Bill) calling themselves ‘The Shadows’ volunteered for and were given the unenviable job of filling in for Holly and his band at the Moorhead engagement. Their performance there was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.

Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets
Bobby Vee Meets the Crickets
I Remember Buddy Holly, album by Bobby Vee
I Remember Buddy Holly

The Day Buddy Holly, Crickets Played Portland

PORTLAND, OREGON – OCTOBER 22, 1957

Alan Freed Rock-n-Roll Show 1958Buddy Holly and The Crickets arrived in Portland, Oregon to appear live on High Time, a local TV teen dance show, and performed that night at the Paramount Theater along with an all-star cast as part of the Biggest Show of Stars ’57, which included Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lyman, The Drifters.

Read more about that day the Biggest Show of Stars ’57 arrived in Portland in this blog post from Oregon Live (The Oregonian): The Day the Music Died: Buddy Holly played Portland in 1957 (or did he?).

Mike Campbell’s 12-string Rickenbacker

Mike Campbell and his 12-string Rickenbacker

The best $150 Mike Campbell ever spent!

Mike Campbell talks about the solid-bodied Rickenbacker 12-string he found shopping through the old “Recycler” advertising newspaper, driving to Anaheim, and later discovering it was built on the assembly line with George Harrison’s guitar in the 1960’s.

Click the link to watch the video.

YouTube Link:  Mike Campbell Tells About His Rickenbacker 12-string

Classic Album: Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Hashtags: #mikecampbell #tompetty #heartbreakers #tpath #rickenbacker #12string #georgeharrison

1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Bass Guitar by TEISCO (NB-4)

COOL! Check out this a very cool, very red, made in Japan, 1965 Silvertone bass with a hard case up for auction on eBay. Appears to be in pretty good condition.

Sears 1965 Silvertone 1438 Bass Guitar by Teisco (NB-4)
1965 Sears Silvertone 1438 Teisco NB-4 Electric Bass Guitar, Rare Red!

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