Quonset Hut Studio

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Quonset Hut Studio
FormerlyBradley's Film & Recording Studios
IndustryRecording studio
FoundedNashville, Tennessee, U.S. (1955 (1955))
FounderOwen Bradley, Harold Bradley
Defunct1982 (1982)
SuccessorColumbia Studio B
Nashville, Tennessee
Number of locations

Quonset Hut Studio was a music recording studio established in 1954 in Nashville, Tennessee by brothers Harold and Owen Bradley as Bradley's Film & Recording Studios and later operated as Columbia Studio B. The Quonset Hut was the first commercial recording studio in what would later become known as Music Row.[1][2][3] Today the studio serves as a recording classroom for Belmont University.


In 1954, producer Owen Bradley, along with his brother Harold Bradley, purchased a house at 804 16th Avenue South in Nashville[2] for $7500[4] to convert into a film and recording studio. The Bradleys tore out the first floor of the house to create recording space in the basement. They also attached a surplus Army Quonset hut[3] that they bought[1] to the back of the house to use as a television studio for filming musical performances.[1]

In 1958, the basement space became too crowded and the recording end of the Studios moved into the Quonset Hut. The recording facility became an instant success, attracting business from the Decca, Columbia, Capitol, and Mercury labels. The Bradleys sold the studio to Columbia Records in 1962,[5] and both would later work with Chet Atkins on building RCA Studio A.

Patsy Cline's "Crazy", Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" and Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" were produced at the Hut and artists from different genres including Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, the Byrds, Elvis Costello, Gene Vincent and Simon & Garfunkel recorded music there.[6]

Columbia operated the studio from 1962 through 1982, when it was converted into office space.[7] In 2006, philanthropist Mike Curb bought the structure and had it restored. Today it serves as a recording classroom for Belmont University.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Kosser, Michael (2006). How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 Years of Music Row. Hal Leonard. p. 12.
  2. ^ a b Hoobler, James A. (2008). A Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee. The History Press. p. 105. ISBN 9781596294042.
  3. ^ a b Roy, James V. (April 2004). "RCA Victor Studio B Nashville". ScottyMoore.Net. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Kosser, Michael (2006). How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 Years of Music Row. Hal Leonard. p. 11.
  5. ^ "Nashville Skyline: New Life for the Quonset Hut". Mixonline.com. 2009-11-01. Archived from the original on 2013-03-04. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  6. ^ Fox, Randy (March 20, 2012). "Back at the Quonset Hut". WPLN/Nashville Public Radio. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Skates, Sarah (June 30, 2011). "Quonset Hut Hosts Reunion Celebration". Music Row. Retrieved February 1, 2013.