Owen Bradley

Owen Bradley

About Owen Bradley

Owen Bradley (October 21, 1915--January 7, 1998) was an American record producer who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 1960s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly. A native of Westmoreland, Tennessee, Bradley learned piano at an early age, and began playing in local nightclubs and roadhouses when he was a teenager. At 20, he got a job at WSM-AM radio, where he worked as an arranger and musician. In 1942, he became the station's musical director, and was also the leader of a sought-after dance band that played well-heeled society parties all over the city. That same year he co-wrote Roy Acuffs hit Night Train to Memphis'. He kept the band up until 1964, although in the intervening decades, his work as a producer would far overshadow his own performing career.. In 1947, Bradley took a position as a music arranger and songwriter at Decca Records.

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