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Ruby Bradley Strange
Owen Bradley Studio
As office manager of the Bradley Film and Recording Studio - generally accepted as the first recording studio on Music Row- Rudy Bradley Strange is recognized as the "first secretary on Music Row." A Nashville native, Ruby joined the "Quonset Hut" which was built by her brothers Owen and Harold Bradley, in 1957, and quickly became instrumental in its success. In addition to her skill in scheduling the engagements of the Owen Bradley Dance Band and booking sessions with the legendary "A Team" of musicians, her business expertise proved invaluable to Owen and Harold, who
excelled as musicians and producers. She also gave Bradley Studio much of its personality with her warm smile, friendly manner and patience. When the studio was sold in 1962, Ruby became Owen's secretary at Decca Records, home to a Who's Who of country greats: Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Bill Monroe, Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, George Jones, Kitty Wells, Conway Twitty, Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Mel Tillis, Flatt & Scruggs, Lefty Frizzell, Bill Anderson and Johnny Horton. She worked with Owen until her death in 1968.