Nashville’s Studio B
“HONOR THY MUSIC”
As Music City’s only historic studio tour, RCA’s Studio B provides a glimpse into the heart of Nashville music-making during one of its most exciting and classic periods. It was originally call RCA Studios and In the 60s it became famous for being a part of what was referred to as The Nashville Sound. The studio was built in 1957 at the request of Chet Atkins and Steve Sholes and Chet said the plans were drawn up on a napkin by Bill Miltenburg, who was RCA’s chief engineer and recording manager.
In 1992 it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame by the late Dan Maddox. Now Studio B is co-operated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business program. Students use the facilities for learning the basic techniques of analog recording.
In its heyday, Studio B saw the creation of numerous chartbusters, such as Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” and Charley Pride’s “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.”
My first visit to the studio was 1977 to watch Ronnie McDowell record the music for Dick Clark’s movie “Elvis” starring Kurt Russell.
So if you should find yourself in Nashville or just have the “hankerin’” to visit be sure to experience Studio B, it is a special feeling and a mass of music history.
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