16th Avenue Records

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16th Avenue Records
Parent company Opryland Music Group
Founded July 1986
Founder Jerry Bradley
Status defunct
Genre Country
Country of origin U.S.
Location Nashville, Tennessee

16th Avenue Records was an American independent record label specializing in country music, based in Nashville, Tennessee. The label was founded in July 1986 by Jerry Bradley, who was then the head of Opryland Music Group and vice president of Opryland USA, as well as the former head of RCA Records' Nashville division.[1][2] The label's first signee was Charley Pride, whose 1987 single "Have I Got Some Blues for You" was the label's first release.[3]

Other artists who recorded for 16th Avenue included Vicki Bird, Canyon, Lane Caudell, John Conlee, DeDe Higgins, Neal McCoy, Prairie Oyster, Robin & Cruiser, John Wesley Ryles, and Randy VanWarmer. The label closed in November 1990.[4]


  1. ^ Hurst, Jack (19 April 1987). "Back in the groove: Jerry Bradley is off to the Opry". The Chicago Tribune. p. 17. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Opryland Music Group enters the record business by creating a label named 16th Avenue Records and announcing its first release will be by Charlie Pride.". PR Newswire. 9 February 1987. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Label Has 'Pride'". Ocala Star-Banner. 10 February 1987. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (December 7, 1996). "Gaylord buys Word's music companies". Billboard: 6, 90.