The Real Buddy Holly Story by Sonny Curtis

Sonny Curtis singing the Real Buddy Holly Story

Sonny Curtis

Here is Sonny Curtis playing his guitar and singing a special song he wrote as a tribute to his childhood friend, Buddy Holly, called The Real Buddy Holly Story.

He wrote the early rocker Rockin’ Around with Ollie Vee and later wrote the famous theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He basically grew up with Buddy Holly and the Crickets. He travelled to Nashville in 1956 and played lead guitar on Buddy’s Decca recordings made at Owen Bradley’s Barn (aka the Quonset Hut). Later, Sonny became a permanent member of The Crickets after Buddy’s passing.

Here he is playing and singing a song he penned called The Real Buddy Holly Story.


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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.