Jim reeves in studio b

Nashville’s Historic Temple of Sound

Historic RCA Studio B

Built in 1957, RCA Studio B became known as the birthplace for the “Nashville Sound,” a style characterized by background vocals and strings that helped establish Nashville as an international recording center, located on Nashville's Music Row.

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The Studio B Experience

After exploring the Museum’s galleries, the Historic RCA Studio B Tours will transport guests back to moments that made history. You’ll stand right where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and other greats recorded hits, and hear stories and songs born in this historically important studio.

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The Music of Studio B

  • The Songs and Artists

    The songs recorded inside Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s “Home of 1,000 Hits,” reach across decades and emotions, from traditionalists to trailblazers. Don Gibson captured “Oh Lonesome Me” at Studio B in 1957, the studio’s opening year. Waylon Jennings cut the defiant “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line” in 1968, and Dolly Parton’s heartrending “I Will Always Love You” was made at B in 1973.

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    Music Row

    Historic RCA Studio B played a major role in establishing Nashville’s identity as a recording center. Dozens of country and pop stars made recordings here, primarily from 1957 to 1977, when the studio was operated by RCA Records. There are few recording studios that can claim the number of hit records that have come from Historic RCA Studio B, located in Nashville’s famous Music Row area.


Historic RCA Studio B—once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and the Everly Brothers—is both a classroom for Nashville area students and a popular cultural attraction.

RCA Victor Studio, c. 1962

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