Victor Legacy Recording Studios

The Nashville studios of the Victor Talking Machine Co. are home to some of the most famous recordings to have ever been put to disk. They say there is a certain unexplainable magic to the musical town of Nashville and most, if not all, would agree. With that in mind, it is important to acknowledge Victor’s large impact on the reputation of Nashville; for it was Victor’s Studio A and Studio B that would help build Nashvilles colossal reputation as an international hit machine and a sacred ground for all things musical. In Nashville, the signature sound of country would be developed and solidified, and this town would see some of the most revolutionary acts break new ground. Some of the most famous artists to record here would be Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Hank Snow, Chet Atkins, and Dolly Parton.

On December 4, 1944, Eddy Arnold recorded 4 songs in Nashville for the Victor label. This session is widely regarded as opening Nashville to the recording industry, and soon, multiple studios opened up in town. After the successes of the Bristol Sessions, Ralph Peer visited Nashville to record for Victor in 1928, but the music industry would not flourish here until almost 15 years later. It is important to note however that these sessions are very important because they consist of the first ever recording sessions in Nashville. At the urging of Victor executive Stephen Sholes, in 1954, RCA Victor opened up their first permanent studio in Nashville, 1525 McGavock Street. There years later in 1957, studio facilities were moved to Studio B. In 1964, the company opened up Studio A. Countless hits have been recorded at these three studios and have been part of the fabric of Nashville for 60 years.

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1525 McGavock Street

VICTOR ‘McGavock Street’ RECORDING STUDIO (NASHVILLE, TN)

ADDRESS:

1525 McGavock Street

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1954-1957

DEMOLISHED:

2006

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

At the urging of Stephen Sholes, Victor opened its first permanent Nashville studio in 1954, with Chet Atkins running the facility. Elvis made some of his earliest recordings in this studio, in 1956.

STUDIO B

VICTOR ‘Studio B’ RECORDING STUDIO (NASHVILLE, TN)

ADDRESS:

1611 Roy Acuff Place

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1957-Present

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

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STUDIO A

VICTOR ‘Studio A’ RECORDING STUDIO (NASHVILLE, TN)

ADDRESS:

30 Music Square West

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1964-Present

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

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