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Harold Shedd Songwriter

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Harold Shedd

Harold Shedd (born November 8, 1931) is a music industry executive and producer, best known for his role
as producer of the country group Alabama as well as Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and Toby Keith.  During
his career he has headed Mercury Records and Mercury's sister label, Polydor.

Born November 8, 1931, Shedd began work in his hometown of Bremen, Georgia, where he was a member
of a local band and worked in radio for fourteen years as DJ, engineer, sales manager and finally station
owner.[1] In 1972, he sold up and moved to Nashville, where by 1979 he was co-owner of the Music Mill
recording studio.

Shedd was instrumental in Alabama, one of the first acts he worked with, being signed by RCA.[2] The
band’s debut single 'Tennessee River' was the first of Alabama's 21 consecutive number one hits that he
produced.

Shedd also produced albums for Amie Comeaux, Roger Miller, Mel Tillis, Louise Mandrell, Dobie Gray, K. T.
Oslin, Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson. While Reba McEntire had had top 10 singles, it was only with her
collaboration with Shedd that she saw her first gold record, 1984’s My Kind of Country album, although the
pair came into conflict over his suggestions for songs and "the sweetened arrangements he imposed on
them".[3]

In 1988 Shedd joined Mercury Polygram Records Nashville, where over the next six years, he oversaw the
signing of Kentucky Headhunters, Shania Twain, Billy Ray Cyrus, Toby Keith and Kathy Mattea. In 1989
Shedd was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.[4]

After a period as President of Polydor Nashville,[1] The Music Mill recording studio became the headquarters
of VFR Records, owned by Shedd with partners Paul Lucks and Ed Arnold, for a time one of Nashville's more
successful independent country labels,[5] whose artists included Mark McGuinn and Trent Summar & The
New Row Mob. VFR folded in 2002 due to a lack of funding.

Source: Wikipedia

  1. Miller, Zell; They Heard Georgia Singing; pub. Mercer University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-86554-504-9 p. 266-7
  2. Kosser, Michael, How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 Years of Music Row; pub. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 ISBN 0-634-09806-3 p. 197
  3. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p1724/biography
  4. http://www.georgiamusicstore.com/artist/G26/
  5. http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_nashville_skyline_7/







Bill Anderson was a prolific songwriter, writing hundreds of songs recorded by  numerous
artists over the years. 
The song in the video below was written by Bill Anderson, Jamey
Johnson and Buddy Cannon and recorded by
George Strait. The song  scored  Bill's  first 
ACM  Song of the Year award and awarded him his fourth Grammy
nomination.


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