National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

National Register of Historic Places Program:
RCA Studio B, Davidson County, Tennessee

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Elvis Presley recorded his music here. Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson did likewise. Even non-RCA artists who worked for other labels, such as Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, also recorded here. RCA Studio B was listed in the National Register of Historic Place s for its importance in local and national history in the areas of performing arts and entertainment/recreation. RCA Studio B began in 1957 when RCA Records took a long-term lease on a new building in Nashville, Tennessee at the corner of 17th Avenue and Hawkins Street and installed a new recording studio there. RCA (Radio Corporation of America), based in New York, already maintained recording studios in Chicago and Hollywood, but the new Nashville studio strengthened the company’s presence in-and commitment to-country music. It was at RCA Studio B that the legendary Chet Atkins (1924-2001) and Steve Sholes (1911-1968) achieved success leading the local office as producers and marketers---Chet Atkins was himself a talented musician who was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, and won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

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