One of the biggest names in country music recording throughout some of the most important decades of country music has passed away.
He was known throughout the world of music for many incredible contributions and across many genres – but it was his unforgettable talent as a recording pioneer in country music that he’s best known for.
Glenn Snoddy was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee in 1922 and went on to learn radio technology in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his time in the service, he went to work for WSM radio, and later started a job at the famous Quonset Hut recording studio.
The Famous “Fuzz” Sound
Throughout his tenure as a recording engineer, Snoddy developed the “fuzz” tone that was later famously used on The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” and many other rock songs.
During a session for Marty Robbins‘ “Don’t Worry,” Snoddy heard a distorted signal through a faulty circuit from the bass guitarist. It was so appealing to him that he then invented a circuit that replicated the sound – and thus, the “fuzz” sound was born.
Working With Some Big Names
The late 60s brought even more musicians to Snoddy’s studio, which he had converted from an old movie theater. His studio, Woodland Sound Studios, birthed some of the most iconic and beloved recording sessions to ever hit radio waves.
Kansas recorded “Dust in the Wind,” The Oak Ridge Boys cut “Elvira,” Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded their Will The Circle Be Unbroken collection, and The Charlie Daniels Band famously put their “Devil Went Down To Georgia” hit on vinyl there!
Glenn Snoddy passed away at his home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on May 21st, 2018. He will be truly missed throughout the world of music.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.