About This Spot
Historic RCA Studio B—once home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers—is one of the world’s most famous recording facilities. Today it serves as a popular cultural attraction and as a classroom for students who visit the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Visitors can stand where Roy Orbison recorded the heartbroken “Only the Lonely” or Dolly Parton tracked the classic “Coat of Many Colors.” Built in 1957, Historic RCA Studio B operated for 20 years as the recording home of many famous artists in pop, rock, R&B and country music. Thousands of sessions were recorded within its walls, including more than 240 songs by Country Music Hall of Fame member Elvis Presley. The studio was first made available to Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum visitors in 1977, with support from Dan and Margaret Maddox. Following the Mike Curb Family Foundation’s philanthropic purchase of the studio in 2002, its preservation and public access has continued through a partnership between the foundation and the museum. Over the last decade, with donor support, Studio B’s exterior has been renovated, and the interior has been designed to reflect its 1960s-era prime. Today, the studio is both a classroom for Nashville-area students and a popular cultural attraction. For more information about tours or the history of the studio, visit StudioB.org.