Pianiste et chef d'orchestre Country US né Williams Owen Bradley, le 21 octobre 1915 à Westmoreland (Tennessee). Owen Bradley est décédé le 7 janvier 1998 à Nashville (Tennessee). Il est le frère de Harold Bradley.

  As one of the architects of the Nashville sound, Owen Bradley was one of the most influential country music producers of the '50s and '60s. Along with his contemporary Chet Atkins, Bradley helped country music move away from its rootsy origins to a more accessible, radio-friendly format by blending pop production and songwriting techniques with country. Bradley's country-pop productions relied on non-traditional country instruments like light, easy listening piano, backup vocals, and strings, using steel guitars and fiddles as flourishes instead of a foundation. This smooth production style helped make Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee into stars during the '50s, and its success often overshadowed Bradley's other musical contributions.
Bradley wasn't just capable of the lush, detailed Nashville sound — he could also produce bluegrass by Bill Monroe or hardcore honky tonk by Ernest Tubb and Loretta Lynn. In addition to producing, Bradley was vice president of Decca Records' Nashville Division, and in that position he was able to produce a huge variety of artists, including Conway Twitty, Kitty Wells, and Webb Pierce. With his work in country-pop, honky tonk, and bluegrass, Bradley left behind a large legacy that proved vastly influential on contemporary country music.
Born outside of Westmoreland, TN, and raised in Nashville, Owen Bradley began playing piano professionally when he was a teenager, playing in local juke joints, clubs, and roadhouses. When he turned 20, he began working at WSM radio, and within five years he had established himself as an integral part of the station. In 1940, he was hired full-time by WSM, working as an arranger and instrumentalist. Two years later, he was made the station's musical director, and started playing regularly on the programs Noontime Neighbors and Sunday Down South. During this time, Bradley was also leading his own dance band, which played parties throughout Nashville's high society. The group stayed together until 1964.
Bradley began working for Decca Records in 1947 as an assistant to producer Paul Cohen. By working at Cohen's side, Bradley learned to produce, and assisted in making records by Ernest Tubb and Red Foley, among many others. Eventually, Owen began producing records by himself, whenever his mentor couldn't travel to Nashville from New York.
Owen and his brother Harold opened a film studio in 1951, moving its location to Hillsboro Village within a year. It stayed there for two years, before it was moved again, this time to a house on 16th Avenue South with a Quonset hut attached to the main building. The Quonset hut was converted into a studio in 1955 — it was the first studio on the street that would become known as Music Row. Two years later, RCA built a studio a block away from the Bradley hut; in 1962, the brothers sold the studio to Columbia Records.
Cohen left Decca in 1958, and the label offered Bradley a position as vice president of the label's Nashville Division. At Decca, he began pioneering the Nashville sound, incorporating orchestration and pop production techniques into country music. Patsy Cline was Bradley's most successful country-pop production. He had worked with her when she was with Four Star, but when she signed with Decca, Cline's music shifted toward country-pop and she began a string of Top Ten hits. Following her success, other artists that he produced in that style, most notably Brenda Lee, became successful as well. During this time, Bradley also produced harder-edged hits by Webb Pierce and Kitty Wells. In addition to his record production, Owen released a handful of records by his instrumental quintet, including the minor 1958 hit "Big Guitar." With his brother Harold, Bradley produced a half-hour television series, Country Style U.S.A., during the late '50s.
Bradley bought a farm outside of Nashville in 1961, converting a barn into a demo studio. Within a few years, the barn was upgraded to a first-class recording studio called Bradley's Barn, and over the next two decades it became one of the most popular and legendary studios in country music. In 1980, it burned down, yet it was rebuilt with a few years in the exact same spot.
Throughout the '60s and '70s, Bradley worked with many of Decca's most famous artists, including Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. In 1974, Bradley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In the early '80s, he retired from full-time producing, yet he continued to work on the occasional special project. His last major work was K.D. Lang's 1988 album, Shadowland. Bradley died January 7, 1998.

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Talents : Piano, Organ, Trombone, Arranger, Orchestra Leader, Record Producer, Businessman, Industry Executive

Style musical : Traditional Country, Nashville Sound

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BIG GUITAR (1958)

Années en activité :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

04/1946 78 t. BULLET 600 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His TENNESSEANS - Zeb's Mountain Boogie / Wave To My My Lady
10/1946 78 t. BULLET 606 (US) . Call Of A Broken Heart / Tennessee Limited
1947 ? 78 t. BULLET 1018 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His ORCHESTRA - I'd Love To Live In Loveland / Baby, Don't Be Mean, Be Mine
03/1948 78 t. MERCURY 5109 (US) . Dream Girl / Beg Your Pardon
04/1948 78 t. MERCURY 5124 (US) . The Dream Peddler / What Do I Have To Do
1949 78 t. CORAL 60107 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Blues Stay Away From Me / Fairy Tales
1949 SP CORAL 9-60107 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Blues Stay Away From Me / Fairy Tales
1949 78 t. CORAL 60129 (US) . Pickin' 'em Up / There's A Little White House
1949 SP CORAL 9-60129 (US) . Pickin' 'em Up / There's A Little White House
1949 78 t. CORAL 60138 (US) . You're Just A Flower / Greatest Mistake Of My Life
1949 SP CORAL 9-60138 (US) . You're Just A Flower / Greatest Mistake Of My Life
1950 78 t. CORAL 60152 (US) . The Gods Were Angry With Me / When I Take My Vacation In Heaven
1950 SP CORAL 9-60152 (US) . The Gods Were Angry With Me / When I Take My Vacation In Heaven
1950 78 t. CORAL 60159 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Cafe Mozart Waltz / Third Man Theme
1950 SP CORAL 9-60159 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Cafe Mozart Waltz / Third Man Theme
1950 78 t. CORAL 60175 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & Dale ROBERTSON - Down To My Last Dream / Every Day Will Be Mother's Day
1950 SP CORAL 9-60175 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & Dale ROBERTSON - Down To My Last Dream / Every Day Will Be Mother's Day
1950 78 t. CORAL 60208 (US) . Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning) / Remember Me
1950 SP CORAL 9-60208 (US) . Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning) / Remember Me
1950 78 t. CORAL 60236 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His RAGLAND BAND - Black And White Rag / Sit Down And Tell Me Where I Stand With You
1950 SP CORAL 9-60236 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His RAGLAND BAND - Black And White Rag / Sit Down And Tell Me Where I Stand With You
1950 78 t. CORAL 60240 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Close Your Pretty Eyes / Say When
1950 SP CORAL 9-60240 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Close Your Pretty Eyes / Say When
1950 78 t. CORAL 60241 (US) La Vie En Rose / I Wanna Be Loved
1950 SP CORAL 9-60241 (US) . La Vie En Rose / I Wanna Be Loved
1950 78 t. CORAL 60273 (US) . Owen BRADLEY ORCHESTRA - Silent Night / Oh Holy Night
1950 SP CORAL 9-60273 (US) . Owen BRADLEY ORCHESTRA - Silent Night / Oh Holy Night
1950 78 t. CORAL 60274 (US) . The First Noel / Joy To The World
1950 SP CORAL 9-60274 (US) . The First Noel / Joy To The World
1950 78 t. CORAL 60275 (US) . Deck The Halls / Ring Out The Bells
1950 SP CORAL 9-60275 (US) . Deck The Halls / Ring Out The Bells
1950 78 t. CORAL 60276 (US) . O Come All Ye Faithful / Birthday Of The King
1950 SP CORAL 9-60276 (US) . O Come All Ye Faithful / Birthday Of The King
1950 78 t. CORAL 60293 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - Is There Somebody Else / I'll Never Be Free
1950 SP CORAL 9-60293 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - Is There Somebody Else / I'll Never Be Free
1950 78 t. CORAL 60294 (US) . Boulevard Of Broken Dreams / Petite Waltz
1950 SP CORAL 9-60294 (US) . Boulevard Of Broken Dreams / Petite Waltz
1950 78 t. CORAL 60314 (US) . Written Guarantee / Wabash Blues
1950 SP CORAL 9-60314 (US) . Written Guarantee / Wabash Blues
1951 78 t. CORAL 60360 (US) . I Give You My Love / Little Small Town Girl
1951 SP CORAL 9-60360 (US) . I Give You My Love / Little Small Town Girl
1951 78 t. CORAL 60373 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - Be My Love / Sentimental Music
1951 SP CORAL 9-60373 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - Be My Love / Sentimental Music
1951 78 t. CORAL 60378 (US) . Blue Danube Waltz / Wine, Women & Song
1951 SP CORAL 9-60378 (US) . Blue Danube Waltz / Wine, Women & Song
1951 78 t. CORAL 60379 (US) . Voices Of Spring / Vienna Life
1951 SP CORAL 9-60379 (US) . Voices Of Spring / Vienna Life
1951 78 t. CORAL 60380 (US) . Tales From The Vienna Woods / Artist's Life
1951 SP CORAL 9-60380 (US) . Tales From The Vienna Woods / Artist's Life
1951 78 t. CORAL 60381 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - You And You / Emperor Waltz
1951 SP CORAL 9-60381 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - You And You / Emperor Waltz
1951 78 t. CORAL 60428 (US) . Just Live For Today / Goodnight, Sweet Princess
1951 SP CORAL 9-60428 (US) . Just Live For Today / Goodnight, Sweet Princess
1951 78 t. CORAL 60434 (US) . Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain / Strange Little Girl
1951 SP CORAL 9-60434 (US) . Blue Eyes Cryin' In the Rain / Strange Little Girl
1951 78 t. CORAL 60443 (US) . Vienna Life / Voices Of Spring
1951 SP CORAL 9-60443 (US) . Vienna Life / Voices Of Spring
1951 78 t. CORAL 60458 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His RAGLAND BAND - Black Maria / Satins And Lace
1951 SP CORAL 9-60458 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His RAGLAND BAND - Black Maria / Satins And Lace
1951 78 t. CORAL 60464 (US) . Lazy River / Rose Of Rio Grande
1951 SP CORAL 9-60464 (US) . Lazy River / Rose Of Rio Grande
1951 78 t. CORAL 60465 (US) . Missouri Waltz / Beautiful Ohio
1951 SP CORAL 9-60465 (US) . Missouri Waltz / Beautiful Ohio
1951 78 t. CORAL 60466 (US) . Swanee River / Down The River Of Golden Dreams
1951 SP CORAL 9-60466 (US) . Swanee River / Down The River Of Golden Dreams
1951 78 t. CORAL 60467 (US) . Moonlight On The Colorado / On The Banks Of The Wabash
1951 SP CORAL 9-60467 (US) . Moonlight On The Colorado / On The Banks Of The Wabash
1951 78 t. CORAL 60507 (US) . Mister Honky Tonk / Didn't Yer Mother Ever Tell Ya Nothin'
1951 SP CORAL 9-60507 (US) . Mister Honky Tonk / Didn't Yer Mother Ever Tell Ya Nothin'
1951 78 t. CORAL 60539 (US) . The Girls We Never Wed / Dreamy Melody
1951 SP CORAL 9-60539 (US) . The Girls We Never Wed / Dreamy Melody
1951 78 t. CORAL 60557 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - My Sweet Love Ain't Around / She's Gone
1951 SP CORAL 9-60557 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His SEXTET - My Sweet Love Ain't Around / She's Gone
1951 78 t. CORAL 60564 (US) . Merry Christmas Rhumba / Uncle Mistletoe
1951 SP CORAL 9-60564 (US) . Merry Christmas Rhumba / Uncle Mistletoe
1951 78 t. CORAL 60565 (US) . Tennessee Blues / Aboard The Sentimental Train
1951 SP CORAL 9-60565 (US) . Tennessee Blues / Aboard The Sentimental Train
1951 78 t. CORAL 60594 (US) . Owen BRADLEY QUINTET - Uncle Mistletoe / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
1951 SP CORAL 9-60594 (US) . Owen BRADLEY QUINTET - Uncle Mistletoe / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
1951 78 t. CORAL 60601 (US)  . Singin' In The Rain / The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
1951 SP CORAL 9-60601 (US) . Singin' In The Rain / The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
1951 78 t. CORAL 60602 (US)  . You Are My Lucky Star / All I Do Is Dream Of You
1951 SP CORAL 9-60602 (US) . You Are My Lucky Star / All I Do Is Dream Of You
1951 78 t. CORAL 60603 (US) . I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Should I ?
1951 SP CORAL 9-60603 (US) . I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Should I ?
1951 78 t. CORAL 60604 (US) . Fit As A Fiddle / Beautiful Girl
1951 SP CORAL 9-60604 (US) . Fit As A Fiddle / Beautiful Girl
1952 78 t. CORAL 60734 (US)  . Horse And Buggy / Phantom Regiment
1952 SP CORAL 9-60734 (US) . Horse And Buggy / Phantom Regiment
1952 78 t. CORAL 60735 (US)  . Penny-Whistle Song / Plink, Plank, Plunk
1952 SP CORAL 9-60735 (US) . Penny-Whistle Song / Plink, Plank, Plunk
1952 78 t. CORAL 60736 (US)  . O Come All Ye Faithful / Blest Be The Ties That Bind
1952 SP CORAL 9-60836 (US) . O Come All Ye Faithful / Blest Be The Ties That Bind
1952 78 t. CORAL 60837 (US)  . The Church Is One Foundation / My Faith Looks Up To Thee
1952 SP CORAL 9-60837 (US) . The Church Is One Foundation / My Faith Looks Up To Thee
1952 78 t. CORAL 60838 (US)  . Holy Holy Holy / Fight The Good Fight
1952 SP CORAL 9-60838 (US) . Holy Holy Holy / Fight The Good Fight
1952 78 t. CORAL 60839 (US)  . Come Thou Almighty King / Now The Door Is Over
1952 SP CORAL 9-60839 (US) . Come Thou Almighty King / Now The Door Is Over
1952 78 t. CORAL 60892 (US) . I Will Still Love You / Beyond The Border
1952 SP CORAL 9-60892 (US) . I Will Still Love You / Beyond The Border
1953 78 t. DECCA 28732 (US) . Granada / The Breeze
1953 SP DECCA 9-28732 (US) . Granada / The Breeze
1953 78 t. DECCA 28734 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & Dick TODD - Last Waltz / Blue Letter
1953 SP DECCA 9-28734 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & Dick TODD - Last Waltz / Blue Letter
1953 78 t. CORAL 60908 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Baby, I'm Lost Without You / My Hearts Desire
1953 SP CORAL  9-60908 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His QUINTET - Baby, I'm Lost Without You / My Hearts Desire
1954 78 t. DECCA 29216 (US) . Happy Days And Lonely Nights / Friends And Neighbors
1954 SP DECCA 9-29216 (US) . Happy Days And Lonely Nights / Friends And Neighbors
1954 78 t. DECCA 29233 (US) . Owen BRADLEY QUINTET - Melancholy Serenade / I'm Afraid To Say Goodbye
1954 SP DECCA 9-29233 (US) . Owen BRADLEY QUINTET - Melancholy Serenade / I'm Afraid To Say Goodbye
1955 4 78 t. CORAL CP 603 (US) Owen BRADLEY & HIS SEXTET PLAYS JOHANN STRAUSS WALTZES :
DISC 1 : Blue Danube / Wine Women & Sdong
DISC 2 : Voice Of Spring / Vienna Life
DISC 3 : Tales From The Vienna Woods / Artists Life
DISC 4 : You & You / Emperor Waltz
1956 78 t. DECCA 29816 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His ORCHESTRA - Lights Of Vienna / Moritat
1956 SP DECCA 9-29816 (US) . Owen BRADLEY & His ORCHESTRA - Lights Of Vienna / Moritat
10/1956 SP DECCA 9-30083 (US) . Polka Dots And Moonbeans / The Italian Theme
06/1957 SP DECCA 9-30363 (US) . White Silver Sands / Midnite Blues
07/1957 SP BRUNSWICK 9-55015 (US) . Swanee River / Rose Of The Rio Grande
09/1957 SP DECCA 9-30450 (US) . Owen BRADLEY with The Anita KERR SINGERS - Dansero / The Hour Of Parting
01/1958 SP DECCA 9-30564 (US) . Owen BRADLEY QUINTET - Big Guitar (instr.) / Sentimental Dream (instr.)
08/1958 SP DECCA 9-30702 (US) . Owen BRADLEY ORCHESTRA - Trudy / Warwind
1958 EP DECCA ED-2593 (US) Owen BRADLEY & Jack PLEIS ORCHESTRA
02/1959 SP DECCA 9-30848 (US) . Little Beaver / Single Simon
1959 EP BRUNSWICK 10610 (F) Owen BRADLEY & Jack PLEIS ORCHESTRA - I Almost Lost My Mind / The Stroll / Funky / Big Guitar (instr.)
195? EP CORAL EC-81014 (US) DANCE TIME
195? EP CORAL EC-82015 (US) CHRISTMAS TIME
195? EP CORAL EC-82016 (US) CHERISHED HYMNS
1961 SP TRIO 25528 (US) . Now Is The Hour / To You Sweetheart
1962 EP CORAL CX-5315 (US) ORGAN AND CHIMES - It Came Upon The Midnight Clear / Silent Night, Holy Night / O, Come All Ye Faithful / Away In A Manger

Albums

10/1950 LP 10" CORAL CRL-56012 (US) CHRISTMAS TIME - Silent Night / O Holy Night / The First Nowell / Joy To The World / Deck The Halls / Ring Out The Bells - The Bells Of Christmas / The Birthday Of A King / Adeste Fideles
03/1951 LP 10" CORAL CRL-56022 (US) STRAUSS WALTZES - Blue Danube Waltz / Wine / Women And Song / Voices Of Spring / Vienna Life / Tales From The Vienna Woods / Artist's Life / You And You / Emperor Waltz
09/1951 LP 10" CORAL CRL-56035 (US) LAZY RIVER - Lazy River / Rose Of The Rio Grande / Beautiful Ohio / Missouri Waltz / Down The River Of Golden Dreams / Swanee River / Moonlight  On The Colorado / On The Banks Of The Wabash
01/1952 LP 10" CORAL CRL-56047 (US) SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - Fit As A Fiddle / I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' / Should I / The Wedding Of The Painted Doll / Beautiful Girl / All I Do Is Dream Of You / You Are My Lucky Star / Singing In The Rain
08/1953 LP 10" CORAL CRL-56065 (US) CHERISHED HYMNS - Come Ye Faithful / Raise The Strain / Blest Be The Tie That Binds / The Church's One Foundation / My Faith Looks Up To Thee / Fight The Good Fight / Holy, Holy, Holy / Come, Thou Almighty King / Now The Day Is Over
11/1955 LP 12" CORAL CRL-57071 (US)

ORGAN AND CHIMES - FAMILIAR HYMNS - Onward Christian Soldiers / Rock Of Ages / Come Ye Faithful, Raise The Strain / Blest Be TheTie That Binds / The Church's One Foundation / My Faith Looks Up To Thee / Fight The Good Fight / Holy, Holy, Holy / Come, Thou Almighty King / Now The Day Is Over / TakeTime To Be Holy / Nearer My God To Thee

1957 LP 12" CORAL CRL-57161 (US)

ORGAN-IZED FOR WALTZING

11/1957 LP 12" DECCA DL-8652 (US)

JOYOUS BELLS OF CHRISTMAS - White Christmas / Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer / Winter Wonderland / Here Comes Santa Claus / Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town / Jingle Bells / Adeste Fidelis / Silent Night / It Came Upon The Midnight Clear / First Noel / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Oh, Little Town Of Bethlehem / Joy To The World / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Away In A Manager

1958 LP 12" DECCA DL-8724 (US) BANSTAND HOP - Owen BRADLEY & Jack PLEIS ORCHESTRA - Bandstand Hop / The Stroll / Hound Dog / Blueberry Hill / Honky Tonk / Raunchy / Five O'clock Hop / I Almost Lost My Mind / Tricky / Slow Walk / Strollin' To The Cha Cha / Funky
08/1959 LP 12" DECCA DL-8868 (mono) / DL-78868 (stereo) (US) BIG GUITAR - Owen BRADLEY & His ORCHESTRA - Big Guitar / Cannonbal / Ramrod / Tequila / Rumble / Tricky / Raunchy / Blueberry Hill / Honky Tonk / Five O'Clock Jump / Hound Dog / The Stroll / Cool Daddy / Funky
1960 LP 12" DECCA DL-4078 (mono) / DL-74078(stereo)  (US) PARADISE ISLAND - Owen BRADLEY with The PARADISE ISLAND TRIO - Paradise Isle / I Want To Learn To Speak Hawaiian / Adventures In Paradise / To You Sweetheart Aloha / Come A Little Closer / Pagan Love Song / Hawaiian Paradise / Now Is The Hour / Little Pineapple / The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart) / Orchid From Hawaii / Kilima Waltz (Hawaiian Waltz)
1969 LP 12" VOCALION VL-73834  (US)

THE GREAT HYMNS PLAYED BY OWEN BRADLEY ON THE ORGAN AND CHIMES - Onward Christian Soldiers / Rock Of Ages / Come, Thou Almighty King / Fight The Good Fight / My Faith Looks Up To Thee / Nearer My God To Thee / Come Ye Faithful Raise The Strain / Now The Day Is Over / Take Time To Be Holy / Holy, Holy, Holy

06/1984 LP 12" CHARLY CR 30234 (UK) BIG GUITAR - Big Guitar / Cannonbal / Ramrod / Tequila / Rumble / Tricky / Raunchy / Blueberry Hill / Honky Tonk / Five O'Clock Jump / Hound Dog / The Stroll / Cool Daddy / Funky

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