41. Wayne Moss and his Cinderella studio: Cinderella Street, Madison, Tennessee

Man holds screen door as another person enters a small vine-covered craftsman-style house. House is surrounded by small, spindly leafless trees and has folded lawn chairs leaning against various places on side of house. A small satellite disk is on peak of roofline. A tall slat wood privacy fence connects to side of house on right side of photo. A large covered grill sits against the fence next to fixed-frame lawn chair. A black cat runs across peat gravel in foreground. At bottom left of photo.

ABOVE: Guests enter the side door of guitar legend Wayne Moss and country singer wife Dee Moss’ vine-covered house next to their famous Cinderella Studio on Cinderella Street, in Madison, just north of Nashville, February 2019. Known for its “Cinderella Sound,” the studio claims to be “the oldest continuously operating studio in Nashville.”

Most famous for his iconic guitar opening on the Roy Orbison mega-hit “Pretty Woman,” Moss is a music legend both as a performer and as a studio operator and production innovator.

As a studio musician Moss has recorded and played with music luminaries from rock-n-roll to jazz to country: Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkeys, Al Hirt, Fats Domino, to name only a few. Moss’ guitar is the sound on some of the most famous albums in history, such as Bob Dylan’s historic first Nashville recording, “Blond on Blond.”

But Moss went beyond just being a studio musician. He created his own studio with a sound now known as “The Cinderella Studio Sound.” And even more than that, Moss is credited along with Charlie McCoy with having perfected The Nashville Number System, a nearly universal shorthand used by recording artists today.

Cinderella Studio is a garage, essentially. And it is the tight space and vintage microphones that are in part responsible for its unique sound.

BELOW: CLICK ARROWS TO VIEW IMAGES OF THE LEGENDARY CINDERELLA STUDIO AND EVEN THE CASE FOR THE “PRETTY WOMAN” GUITAR…

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