After fourteen single releases, John Anderson finally reached the top of Billboard’s country singles chart with John Scoot Sherrill’s “Wild And Blue”. It was also used as the title of the album from which it came. Sadly, the “Wild And Blue” album marked its place in history as the last commercial recordings ever made at Columbia Studio B, one of Nashville’s legendary music rooms.
The Bradley brothers, Owen and Harold, built the studio in the mid-1950s, naming it the “Quonset Hut”. They sold the studio facility to Columbia Records in 1962, and the company renamed it “Columbia Studio B.” As the years went by, Columbia expanded its facilities and various structural additions to the property eventually covered over the Quonset Hut and it was absorbed into a much larger Building.
About the Album
Frank Jones produced Anderson’s “Wild And Blue” album, the final recordings made at Columbia Studio B before it was dismantled and converted into an office space.
During the last Studio B session, Jones was very emotional not only for him but for many of the musicians, some of whom had performed on recordings there even before his arrival back in ’61. Frank was stunned just thinking about all of the legendary hits that had been performed in that place, many of which he had participated on as co-producer. When the final session was completed, they had to find another facility in which to mix the “Wild And Blue” album, because the demolition team started dismantling the studio the next morning.
“Wild And Blue” was only the second of John Scott Sherrill’s songs to be recorded. After “Wild And Blue’s” chart-topping success, Sherrill went on to pen other big hits, such as Brooks and Dunn’s “How Long Gone,” Steve Wariner’s “Some Fools Never Learn,” Neal McCoy’s “No Doubt About It,” Shenandoah’s “The Church On Cumberland Road,” Highway 101’s “Cry, Cry, Cry” and “(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes” and Restless Heart’s “That Rock Won’t Roll,” all number one hits.
According to Sherrill:
“It’s kind of like Modern Day Drifter in a way. I’d been breaking up with my wife and I’d been seeing this other gal who was definitely wild and blue. She’s the girl in that song. She could party and rock harder than anyone I’d known, and just keeping up with her was like a full-time job. I’d been sitting around trying to get the phrase ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ in a song, and I started thinking about my girlfriend at the time, and all of the sudden I realized she was the one that was wild and blue.”
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