When he was recording Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry" and the transformer in the amplifier blew up, Snoddy helped create what would become known as "The Nashville Sound."
The name Glenn Snoddy might not be well known by the general music fan, but he helped to usher in one of the most exciting -- and financially viable -- eras of Country Music history. Snoddy, who passed away Monday at the age of 96, was one of Nashville's top engineers beginning in the 1940s.
Snoddy -- who began his career as a radio engineer and eventually worked his way up to "The Air Castle of the South," WSM AM 650 -- helped to establish Castle Studios as one of the first major recording spots in Music City and also spent time working at The Quonset Hut. It was there that he helped to oversee sessions from many of the legends of the format -- including Hank Williams (Snoddy engineered Williams' last recording session in 1952), Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. It was with the latter that he would make a little nugget of recording history.
In 1960, Snoddy was at the Bradley Brothers-owned Quonset Hut working on a session with Robbins for Columbia Records. All of a sudden, he heard something a little different. About a minute and a half into the song, "Don't Worry," Grady Martin's guitar made somewhat of a distorted sound instead of the usual smooth style he was known for.