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  • Mar 8, 1961
    Billy "Crash" Craddock holds his first session in a recording contract with Mercury at the Bradley Studio in Nashville
    Apr 1, 1961
    Jerry Kennedy goes to work at Mercury Records in Nashville as an assistant to label president Shelby Singleton. He goes on to produce hits for such Mercury and Smash acts as The Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roger Miller
    Apr 14, 1961
    Claude Gray records "My Ears Should Burn (When Fools Are Talked About)" at the Bradley Studios in Nashville
    May 12, 1961
    Leroy Van Dyke records "Walk On By" at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville
    May 25, 1961
    Rex Allen records the theme to the movie "Marines, Let's Go" at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville
    May 26, 1961
    Ray Stevens records a minor pop hit, "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills," in his first Mercury session, at Nashville's Bradley Recording Studio
    Aug 21, 1961
    George Jones reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart for the first of seven total weeks with "Tender Years"
    Sep 25, 1961
    Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk On By" spends the first of 19 weeks at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
    Nov 15, 1961
    Patti Page records "Go On Home"
    Jan 24, 1962
    Leroy Van Dyke records "If A Woman Answers (Hang Up The Phone)" at the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville. The backing vocal group, the Merry Melody Singers, includes Ray Stevens

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