RCA Studio B

RCA Studio B The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum preserves and interprets Historic RCA Studio B as a legacy landmark in the rich history of music, in Nashville.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum preserves and interprets Historic RCA Studio B as a legacy landmark in the rich history of popular music, in Nashville and the U.S. the museum makes Studio B accessible to the public through regular tours, educational programs, and events. Tours depart daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. Out of a continued abundance of caution, we have ext...
03/25/2020

The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. Out of a continued abundance of caution, we have extended our temporary closure. Historic RCA Studio B will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020. For more information: www.countrymusichalloffame.org

The health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Historic RCA Stud...
03/13/2020

The health and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, Historic RCA Studio B will close temporarily to the public starting at close of business March 13, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

For more information: www.studiob.org

RCA Studio B's cover photo
03/03/2020

RCA Studio B's cover photo

Our hearts go out to those affected by this morning’s devastating storms. We are here for you. We are your community.
03/03/2020

Our hearts go out to those affected by this morning’s devastating storms. We are here for you. We are your community.

01/08/2020
2019 In Review

As 2020 begins, we look back on another inspiring year at Historic RCA Studio B, which included thousands of visitors, and many special guests. Among those guests: singer-songwriter Carly Pearce and her producer, busbee, who shared a haunting version of Dolly Parton’s "Jolene." Watch here.

For more of Pearce and busbee’s visit, watch the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s original video series, “Unbroken Circle,” at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/youtube

On this day in 1935, Country Music Hall of Fame member and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley was born. What's your fav...
01/08/2020

On this day in 1935, Country Music Hall of Fame member and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley was born.

What's your favorite Elvis song recorded here at Historic RCA Studio B?

Everyone at Historic RCA Studio B wishes you a happy “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” season!  Here, a young Brenda L...
12/25/2019

Everyone at Historic RCA Studio B wishes you a happy “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” season!



Here, a young Brenda Lee hangs holiday cards at the Charlie Lamb Agency office on Music Row, circa 1955. Many of Lee’s hits were recorded at Historic RCA Studio B early in her career.

Image from the Elmer Williams Collection at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Friday evening, Steve Wariner performed an intimate acoustic show in Historic RCA Studio B. The show included Wariner’s ...
12/16/2019

Friday evening, Steve Wariner performed an intimate acoustic show in Historic RCA Studio B. The show included Wariner’s own music, hits recorded at RCA Studio B, and holiday classics.

We are decked out for the holiday season here at Historic RCA Studio B!
12/10/2019

We are decked out for the holiday season here at Historic RCA Studio B!

On Sunday, December 15, visitors are invited to take a Historic RCA Studio B tour free of charge, as part of the 11th Fo...
12/08/2019

On Sunday, December 15, visitors are invited to take a Historic RCA Studio B tour free of charge, as part of the 11th Ford Community Day. The annual event, held in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund, is a way to say “thank you” to the local community and reward lucky visitors. https://countrymusichalloffame.org/ford-community-day

Tuesday afternoon, Season 17 " American Idol " winner Laine Hardy and his band stopped by Historic RCA Studio B for a to...
11/13/2019

Tuesday afternoon, Season 17 " American Idol " winner Laine Hardy and his band stopped by Historic RCA Studio B for a tour. Hardy is a huge ELVIS PRESLEY fan, and he was able to play a few tunes on the same Steinway piano Elvis used on many of his Studio B recordings, and stand in the King's favorite spot to record here.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
09/28/2019

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Singer-songwriter Carly Pearce and producer busbee recorded a stripped-down version of Dolly Parton’s "Jolene" at Nashville's Historic RCA Studio B as part of the Museum's original series "Unbroken Circle." Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of that recording session. You can find the 4-part series, plus bonus footage, over at the Museum's YouTube channel (CountryMusicHallofFame.org/YouTube).

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
09/26/2019

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Everly Brothers’ self-titled debut delivered some of their biggest hits (including “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie”); 1960’s A Date with the Everly Brothers held chart-topper “Cathy’s Clown.” The Country Music Hall of Fame members’ 1972 release, Pass the Chicken & Listen, made a comparatively smaller chart impact, but it bore bona fides, with songs written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson, and instrumental contributions from A-list Nashville Cats including David Briggs, Weldon Myrick, and Hargus “Pig” Robbins. “It’s a strange damn title, but Chet Atkins produced it,” Phil Everly told Paste magazine shortly before his death in 2014. “So for anybody who’s actually interested in our stuff and wanted to hear something, they ought to listen to that album.”

Learn more: https://countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/the-everly-brothers/

BELOW: Phil Everly, his wife Patricia Mickey, Don Everly, and Chet Atkins, c. 1972

PHOTO: Bill Goodman, courtesy of Nashville Public Library, Special Collections

Pictured here: American music history being made, by a team that includes Bill Porter, Acuff-Rose Publications president...
09/25/2019

Pictured here: American music history being made, by a team that includes Bill Porter, Acuff-Rose Publications president Wesley Rose, and songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, c. 1962. Explore more snapshots of music history in Ken Burns's #CountryMusicPBS, airing on PBS: pbs.org/countrymusic

PHOTO: Elmer Williams

In the early days of Studio B, acoustic treatment often included do-it-yourself creativity—makeshift walls, fabric-drape...
09/15/2019

In the early days of Studio B, acoustic treatment often included do-it-yourself creativity—makeshift walls, fabric-draped coatracks and strategically placed players all fit into the bag of tricks used to create the desired sound. Learn more about how country music was captured and shared during Ken Burns's #CountryMusicPBS, starting tonight at 8:00/7:00 PM Central on @PBS. Details: PBS.org/CountryMusic

PHOTO: Elmer Williams

At Historic RCA Studio B, we share the stories behind the music that connected Nashville to the world—through daily tour...
09/10/2019

At Historic RCA Studio B, we share the stories behind the music that connected Nashville to the world—through daily tours and educational programs held right where it happened. Starting Sunday, September 15, documentarian Ken Burns turns his lens on country's timeline, and on Nashville, with #CountryMusicPBS. Learn more about the series at pbs.org/countrymusic

The Everly Brothers recorded many of their hits right here at Historic RCA Studio B.
09/09/2019

The Everly Brothers recorded many of their hits right here at Historic RCA Studio B.

Harmony duo The Everly Brothers was the first consistently successful rock & roll act to come from Nashville. Don and Phil Everly's management and songs came from the city, and the brothers recorded here with local session musicians. Their success extended Nashville’s sense of what was commercially possible.

In artistic terms, the Everly Brothers took the country brother duet a step beyond their predecessors. They added Bo Diddley riffs, teenage anxieties, and sharkskin suits, but for all that, the core of their sound remained country brother harmony. That link was underscored on their 1958 album "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us."

The Everlys scored a string of hits in the late '50s, recording teenage playlets crafted by songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, overlaid with R&B rhythm patterns. Among them: “Bye, Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie,” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.” In 1960, the Everlys' own composition, “Cathy’s Clown,” became the duo's biggest hit to date. Their records were among the most immaculately crafted and innovative of the era, a testimony to the brothers’ musical vision and to the skill of the Nashville session players who proved themselves adept at executing more than they were often given credit for.

Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recipients of a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Everlys were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. #MemberMonday

Sometimes making history takes patience. Pictured here: Roy Orbison at Historic RCA Studio B, waiting between takes. Orb...
09/06/2019

Sometimes making history takes patience. Pictured here: Roy Orbison at Historic RCA Studio B, waiting between takes. Orbison spent some key parts of his decades-spanning, chart-topping career here at B, recording songs such as "Crying," "Running Scared," and "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)," among others.

PHOTO: Elmer Williams

On the last day of #ElvisWeek2019, we celebrate his legacy, which continues to inspire musicians and fans alike.
08/17/2019

On the last day of #ElvisWeek2019, we celebrate his legacy, which continues to inspire musicians and fans alike.

#ElvisWeek2019 — One day can change everything. In 1954, a young delivery truck driver named ELVIS PRESLEY stepped into ...
08/15/2019

#ElvisWeek2019 — One day can change everything. In 1954, a young delivery truck driver named ELVIS PRESLEY stepped into Sam Phillips's Sun Records in Memphis, ready to cut his first commercial record. Phillips, pictured here showing Presley a chord on the guitar, was struck by the aspiring star's amped-up delivery of Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s “That’s All Right.” It became Presley's first Sun single, and Phillips became the man who introduced the world to the future King of Rock & Roll.

Phillips sold Presley's contract to RCA Victor in 1955, for $35,000. This transition led to a long, fruitful relationship between Presley and Historic RCA Studio B here in Nashville, where he recorded many hits throughout his career.

#ElvisWeek2019: Even ELVIS PRESLEY needed backup. Here, he's pictured with the Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham, who lent ...
08/14/2019

#ElvisWeek2019: Even ELVIS PRESLEY needed backup. Here, he's pictured with the Jordanaires and Millie Kirkham, who lent their voices to the track "How Great Thou Art," recorded in Historic RCA Studio B.

Individual members of the Jordanaires recorded with Presley beginning in 1956, accompanying him at Studio B sessions for many of his earlier hits, such as “Don’t Be Cruel” and “It’s Now or Never.” The foursome also regularly backed him in the studio and in films into the 1970s. Kirkham, who was known for her high soprano voice, can be heard on "The Wonder of You" and "Blue Christmas."

Learn more about Elvis' time in the studio recording "How Great Thou Art" : https://studiob.org/blog/elvis-presley-and-how-great-thou-art/

Photo Credit: Walden S. Fabry Studios

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
08/12/2019

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

He's been widely (and rightly) hailed as the King of Rock & Roll, but an oft-overlooked factor in Elvis Aaron Presley's career: He came from the country market, and, in a sense, had a more powerful and lasting impact on country music than standard-bearers such as Hank Williams or Jimmie Rodgers.

The generally accepted notion that Presley fused country and R&B is essentially true, but his tastes and influences stretched beyond. He embraced black and white gospel, mainstream popular music, light opera, and more. Presley's home of Memphis was a good place to hear all that, and by the time the singer cut his first commercial record (in July 1954, at Memphis's Sun Records), he had more or less found his style.

Presley was already showing signs of breaking beyond the country market when his Sun contract was sold to RCA in November 1955. RCA was able to catapult him into the national marketplace via television and concentrated promotion, and by the end of March 1956, his first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel” (recorded at Historic RCA Studio B), had sold one million copies.

Presley's wide-ranging interests and talents continued to broaden his career. He wanted to do movies, Christmas albums, gospel albums, and pop ballads. A stint in the army, from March 1958 until March 1960, helped him transition in that direction. He made four movies before he went into the military ("Love Me Tender," "Loving You," "Jailhouse Rock," and "King Creole"), and movies, rather than concerts or television, became the medium by which Elvis met his public through the 1960s.

Presley began performing in Las Vegas in July 1969, and his final theatrical releases were concert captures ("Elvis: That’s the Way It Is" and "Elvis on Tour"). He continued performing live until his death in 1977. Presley was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously, in 1998.
#ElvisWeek2019 #MemberMonday

www.countrymusichalloffame.org/artist/elvis-presley/

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Photo #2 and #3: Walden S. Fabry Studios

Today marks the beginning of Elvis Week 2019, a time to celebrate and honor the legacy of ELVIS PRESLEY, a Country Music...
08/09/2019

Today marks the beginning of Elvis Week 2019, a time to celebrate and honor the legacy of ELVIS PRESLEY, a Country Music Hall of Fame member and an artist who recorded many hits here at Historic RCA Studio B. Throughout the week, we'll be sharing anecdotes and photos from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's collection that shine a spotlight on Presley's influential career.

On this day in 1924, renowned country instrumentalist, record producer, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Chester "C...
06/20/2019

On this day in 1924, renowned country instrumentalist, record producer, and Country Music Hall of Fame member Chester "Chet" Atkins was born in Luttrell, Tennessee. Beginning in 1955 Atkins was put in charge of RCA's Nashville Studios, first at a facility shared with the Methodist Radio, Television, and Film Commission, and later at an RCA-controlled studio that would become known as RCA Studio B.

“I revere Fred Foster, the legend who brought us the gritty genius of Kris Kristofferson, the enduring hits of Roy Orbis...
02/21/2019

“I revere Fred Foster, the legend who brought us the gritty genius of Kris Kristofferson, the enduring hits of Roy Orbison, and the abiding talent of Dolly Parton. But today I'm also mourning Fred Foster, the legend who brought me laughter, goodwill, and fried pies. "Foster" was the only fitting surname for this man, who fostered artistry, individuality, and broad-minded decency.” - Kyle Young, CEO

"Maxine Brown’s voice joined in harmony with brother Jim Ed and sister Bonnie to create the smoothest vocal blend in cou...
01/22/2019

"Maxine Brown’s voice joined in harmony with brother Jim Ed and sister Bonnie to create the smoothest vocal blend in country music history. Offstage, Maxine was an absolute delight. She was reverent about things worth revering, and riotously irreverent about every other thing. In song and in conversation, Maxine Brown made people smile. The world is a duller place without her."
- Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

On this day we remember RCA Studio B artist, ELVIS PRESLEY. Elvis was born on this day in 1935. Here is a behind the sce...
01/08/2019

On this day we remember RCA Studio B artist, ELVIS PRESLEY. Elvis was born on this day in 1935. Here is a behind the scenes shot from a recording session at Studio B on June 10th, 1958. This session produced a number of hits including "A Big Hunk O' Love" and "Ain't That Loving You Baby".

01/04/2019

2018 overflowed with magical occasions at Historic RCA Studio B. May the joy of these inspiring moments bring you harmony in the New Year!

Join us this Sunday, December 16th for #FordCommunityDay with free museum admission, Hatch Show Print, and Historic RCA ...
12/14/2018

Join us this Sunday, December 16th for #FordCommunityDay with free museum admission, Hatch Show Print, and Historic RCA Studio B Tours, special programming, and a performance by @RunawayJuneofficial . The day is made possible by the Ford Motor Company Fund as a way to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community! For more information visit: http://fal.cn/rylj.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Join us on December 16th for #FordCommunityDay with free museum admission, Hatch Show Print and Historic...
12/09/2018

JUST ANNOUNCED: Join us on December 16th for #FordCommunityDay with free museum admission, Hatch Show Print and Historic RCA Studio B Tours, special programming, and a performance by Runaway June . The day is made possible by the Ford Fund as a way to say thank you to the Middle Tennessee community! For more information visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org/ford.

Today Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honor ...
11/17/2018

Today Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest honor a civilian can receive.

Wishing a Happy Veterans Day to all of those who served and continue to serve our country. Country Music Hall of Fame Me...
11/12/2018

Wishing a Happy Veterans Day to all of those who served and continue to serve our country. Country Music Hall of Fame Member, ELVIS PRESLEY served in the United States Army for six years. For two of those six years, Elvis served in Germany as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor.

10/11/2018

Happy Birthday, Dottie West! Here is the 2018 Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect being interviewed at Historic RCA Studio B at the start of her career.

#OTD in 1986, The Everly Brothers, pictured here with Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, received a star on t...
10/02/2018

#OTD in 1986, The Everly Brothers, pictured here with Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Elvis Presley's Graceland
09/04/2018

Elvis Presley's Graceland

We're covering Elvis' iconic '68 Special on the next episode of the Starring Elvis Presley Podcast. What are some of your favorite songs and moments from the special? Let us know and we may read your comments on the show!

RCA Studio B's cover photo
08/22/2018

RCA Studio B's cover photo

ELVIS PRESLEY loved recording at RCA Studio B. We are honored to continue celebrating his life and legacy everyday on ou...
08/17/2018

ELVIS PRESLEY loved recording at RCA Studio B. We are honored to continue celebrating his life and legacy everyday on our tours. Happy #ElvisWeek everyone!

ELVIS PRESLEY was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden on Graceland's grounds along side his mother, father, grandmothe...
08/17/2018

ELVIS PRESLEY was laid to rest in the Meditation Garden on Graceland's grounds along side his mother, father, grandmother, and a memorial for Elvis's still-born twin brother. Fans from all over the world come to the garden to pay their respects to the The King. #ElvisWeek

After a game of racquetball, ELVIS PRESLEY sang and played “Unchained Melody” on this piano before going upstairs to res...
08/17/2018

After a game of racquetball, ELVIS PRESLEY sang and played “Unchained Melody” on this piano before going upstairs to rest. Graceland continues to play the song in this sacred room today, as it was the last song the King of Rock and Roll would sing. #ElvisWeek

Who remembers this iconic look? To what event did ELVIS PRESLEY wear this jumpsuit and cape? #ElvisWeek
08/16/2018

Who remembers this iconic look? To what event did ELVIS PRESLEY wear this jumpsuit and cape? #ElvisWeek

After ELVIS PRESLEY purchased this 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood limousine, he had it transformed into his dream car...
08/16/2018

After ELVIS PRESLEY purchased this 1960 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood limousine, he had it transformed into his dream car by Barris Custom City in North Hollywood. The top was lengthened and the rear quarter panel windows were replaced by portholes. The exterior sheen was created by 24-karat gold-plated highlights and forty painted coats of a translucent mixture of crushed diamonds and fish scales called “diamond dust pearl.” See what amazing features the car contains on the @rcastudiob Instagram Story! #ElvisWeek

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im so lonesome i could cry i wrote this song today on the 11 08 2019 its about an irish country singer who leaves belfast for the usa to try and make the big time it also mentions some of america s greatest singers elvis presley hank williams johnny cash marty robbins slim whitman patsy cline glen campbell willie nelson jim reeves
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Hi my names David Campbell aka The Bigbossman and I have been an Elvis Tribute Artiste for 25 years. I am celebrating my 50th Birthday on 18th August 2019 and was lucky enough to record in your famous studio back in 2000 and wanted to ask if it was possible to record in your studio again to celebrate me turning 50 as the experience was truly magical. I am a baritone just like Elvis and my voice is very close to the King's hence the last recording session at your studio was witnessed by some of the top people at Curb Records (who made my dream come true) who were very impressed with my vocal's. I hope you can help with my request to record in Studio B one last time as it has always held a special place in my heart since last visiting. I have attached one of my recordings for your listening of a song Elvis recorded in RCA back in May 1963 titled (What Now, What Next, Where To ) so you can hear the quality of my vocal's. I am from London England and would be absolutely delighted to fly out to record one last time in your famous studio so I hope you can help with my request...
Fantastic awesome cult place
Excelente
Took the tour for the second time. Please, please, please give tour guide Sienna a raise! She had us enthralled from beginning to end. This is a tour that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. So much music history! Thank you!
how long would it take to do the combination hall of fame and studio b tour?
My tribute to Elvis in 1956! I made this animation alone!😎🎸
Who sang backup for George Hamilton IV on Abilene?
nice,,,
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