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Harold Bradley

May 14, 1991 OHC35 51 min.


Guitarist. Born January 2, 1926. Member of the original “A Team” of Nashville studio musicians. His rhythm guitar playing can be heard on Red Foley’s 1950 hit “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy,” and his banjo playing on the opening notes of Johnny Horton’s 1959 hit “The Battle of New Orleans.” With brother Owen Bradley, co-owned Nashville’s famous Bradley Film and Recording Studios. Member, Studio Musicians Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1991 May 14
(51 minutes)
Guitarist Harold Bradley recalls the career of Patsy Cline from his perspective as a session guitarist on many of her recordings. Discussion includes Patsy Cline’s early career development; working in the recording studio with her; his impressions of Cline as a person and as a singer; the material she recorded; her working relationship with producer Owen Bradley; and the arrangement for “Crazy.”

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