BREMEN, Ga. -- Harold Shedd was a star maker. He found some of the biggest names in country music while they were still playing for nothing.
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Before they sold close to 100 million albums, he found the country group Alabama playing in a bar in Myrtle Beach. Shedd watched them play from 8 in the evening until 1 in the morning.
"They would take a break and pass a bucket around," Shedd said. "People would put money in the bucket because they weren't being paid."
Shedd said about a year later, the band made their first $1 million with Harold Shedd producing 21 consecutive number 1 hit songs.
Similar story for Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Toby Keith, all discovered and produced by Bremen, Georgia's own country music legend. Harold Shedd produced more than 50 number 1 hits.
The biggest surprise might be a young man he saw playing a club in Kentucky. Shedd couldn't believe how the crowd was reacting to him.
"I said either we are being set up or we found the next Elvis," Shedd said. He wasn't quite the next Elvis but Billy Ray Cyrus did sell tens of millions of records including "Achy Breaky Heart," a song Shedd already owned and had Cyrus record.
There were some misses. Because he already had a full platter of artists, Shedd passed on a couple of big ones, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. Both were regulars in his office before they hit it big.
Most of Shedd's success came while working in Nashville, but his small hometown in West Georgia in honoring him by renaming part of Highway 27 in his honor, setting up a museum and a tribute concert featuring many of his old stars on Thursday August 23rd.Hello Eve