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Aaron Shelton

August 25, 1983 OHC251 35 min.


Radio and recording engineer. Born July 23, 1910. Died April 2000. Engineer for WSM Nashville and WSM-TV from 1930-1975. Co-founded the Castle Recording Laboratory, Nashville’s first professional recording service (1945-1956). During the studio’s decade of operation he worked as the chief engineer and recorded numerous country hits, including Red Foley’s “Chattanoogie Shoeshine Boy,” and Hank Williams’s “You Win Again.”

Interview Summary

1983 August 25
(35 minutes)
Nashville recording engineer Aaron Shelton talks about the start of his career. Discussion includes his background and start in recording; his work with early Nashville radio; his start at WSM; the first commercial programs on WSM; feeding local programs to the NBC network; local programming during the late 1920s and early 1930s; and memories of early WSM personnel.

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