Les Ladd


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Recording Engineer

Les Ladd attended electrical engineering school in Louisville before moving to Nashville because his cousin worked at RCA Studios and thought he could get Les a job. He did. What follows was a storied career as a sought-after recording engineer. Les recorded big names and big hits such as those performed by Charley Pride, The Everly Brothers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Vern Gosdin, JJ Cale, Slim Whitman, as well as serving as the assistant engineer when Elvis Presley and Jerry Reed recorded “Guitar Man.” After RCA, Les managed Scotty Moore’s studio, Fernwood Records, before engineering at Woodland Sound Studios. He later became a freelance engineer in Nashville before his retirement.