Just some thoughts:
When my wife and I first moved to Nashville we attended church with the son of one of the famous vocal group the Jordanaires.
Often I would talk with him and would hear of an interesting story. It is said that the Jordanaires were the most recorded voices in all of music. The were back up voices for more recordings than could be numbered.
RCA records had just signed a new artist and he was scheduled to come to Nashville for a recording session. The artist had requested that the Jordanaires be in the studio and do the backup vocals on these session.
The producer of the session had contacted only one of the group the artist requested (the Jordanaires) and told him that he had just signed another back up group and would be using two singers from that group in the session. The producer asked the one member of the Jordanaires would he mind working with those two from the group other than the remaining Jordanaires. He told the producer “Well I know them but I’ve never worked with them.” The producer said “Oh well it won’t make any difference who the back-up is on this guy coming into the studio. This kid that’s coming in for his recording session he isn’t going to be around very long anyway. He’s just a passing fad. You just come on in and do some oohs and ahhs.”
The producer that was legendary Nashville music man Chet Atkins. The kid coming in for the recording session, oh that was Elvis Presley.
You know sometimes we are not as good at making judgement of others as we think we are.
Sometimes even those who are very good in their field, which Mr. Atkins was, are not as good as they might think regarding evaluation of others.
April 5, 2019
Posted April 25, 2019