Friday, 21 January 2011

This is undoubtedly one of my favourite photographs of all time. It was taken this afternoon at Studio B in Nashville. This studio was owned by RCA and is dubbed "the home of 1000 hits" because this is where the top country & western stars recorded their singles. Elvis used this piano to record 231 of his hits ... THIS piano! Also this studio was home to the likes of Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton ... awesome!
 The day started with a quick tour of the city and Gruhn Guitars - hundreds of these wonderful musical instruments on one shop floor.
 It was then over to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum - everything you have ever wanted to know about C&W but were too afraid to ask! There are exhibits dedicated to Elvis, Dolly, Tammy ... and even Taylor Swift and Faith Hill ... pretty ladies!
 Studio B - as above - a REAL hit ... loads of 3, 8 & 16 track machines ... the original recording instruments and booths. Only re-opened for recordings recently - shut down in August 1977 - the day after Elvis died ...
 To record "Are you lonesome tonight?", Elvis shut off ALL the lights and sang ... goose-pimples ... ahhhhh! He ONLY recorded on Sundays and then only after 10 p.m. ... His gold plated car & piano are at the CMHF.
Before dinner, Billy Montana (& guitar Hannah!) played us an acoustic set in the Penthouse Suite of the hotel. Lisa - Director of Sales & Marketing here at the Hutton even accompanied him on a track ... Billy has THREE number 1 music hits in the USA to his name! WHAT A DAY!
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