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

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

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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?).

Buddy Holly – The Last Show

February 2, 1959
The Winter Dance Party Arrives in Clear Lake, Iowa

On this frozen night in 1959 the Winter Dance Party, featuring headliners Buddy Holly and the Crickets, arrived at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The show also included Frankie Sardo, Dion and the Belmonts, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, and new teen sensation Ritchie Valens.

By the time the tour bus pulled into Clear Lake, Buddy Holly was frosted by the bitter Mid-West weather, and frustrated by all the breakdowns along the way. To avoid another long cold bus ride after the show, Holly decided to charter a plane to take himself and the Crickets to the next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The Surf Ballroom had not been a scheduled stop on the tour, but show’s promoters, hoping to fill an open date, called Surf Ballroom manager Carroll Anderson and offered him the show.

The photo above is of Buddy Holly performing his last show on the stage of the Surf Ballroom. Also pictured here are Waylon Jennings on bass guitar and Tommy Allsup on rhythm guitar.

Courtesy: Iowa History Project

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Buddy Holly In Nashville, January 26 1956

Sixty years ago today (Jan. 26, 1956) Buddy Holly recorded his songs for the first time at Decca Records in Nashville Tennessee. The sessions were held in Owen Bradley’s Barn, known as the “Quonset Hut” which is now part of the Sony Building. Performing on the recordings with Buddy were Sonny Curtis on lead guitar and Don Guess on upright bass.

The play list included “Blue Days, Black Nights,” “Rock Around with Ollie Vee,” “Love Me,” “Modern Don Juan,” a cover of “Bo
Diddley,” “Have You Ever Been Lonely,” and many more. Even recorded this day was the first version of “That’ll Be the Day.”

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Greetings from Nashville, Buddy Holly

On this day in 1956, Buddy Holly along with Sonny Curtis and Don Guess arrived in Nashville, Tennessee. The next day would be the beginning of Buddy’s short, but highly prolific, professional recording career.

Vintage Greetings from Nashville postcard
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Buddy Holly History, January 23 1956

On this day 60 years ago, January 23 1956, a 20-year-old Buddy Holly along with guitarist Sonny Curtis and bass player Don Guess loaded their gear into Buddy’s parent’s Buick (strapping the upright bass to the roof of the car!) and left Lubbock for Nashville hoping they might cut a record and become rock and roll stars.

Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess
Sonny Curtis, Buddy Holly, Don Guess. Photo courtesy of Sonny Curtis.

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