Harold Bradley, one of the most widely recorded guitarists in modern music, passed away yesterday (Thursday, January 31st) morning at the age of 93. He performed on thousands of Country’s all-time greatest classics including Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” Elvis Presley’s “Devil in Disguise,” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.”
Bradley and his older brother, Country producer Owen Bradley, were architects of the Nashville Sound.
Bradley was the first president of Nashville’s chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). In 1991, at the age of 65, Bradley began a long run as president of Nashville’s chapter of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and eventually rose to the title of International Vice President of the organization. In 2006, he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization, the same year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Funeral arrangements for Bradley are pending.