CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many people don't realize how many major hit records were recorded right here in Charlotte.
In fact, Charlotte's role in the music industry goes back to the 1930s!
Before Nashville, the Queen City was known for the number of great records that were made in various studios back in the 30s and 40s.
The "father" of blue grass, Bill Monroe, made some of his first records in a studio that was set-up in the old Hotel Charlotte.
This morning on Larry's Look we previewed a story that will run this afternoon at 5:30 on NBC Charlotte.
The story focuses on two of Charlotte's largest studios---Reflection Sound and Studio East.
The likes of James Brown, Johnny Cash, Whitney Houston, and John Mellencamp had sessions in Charlotte. Larry's special report will showcase the history of Studio East and Reflection Sound Studio.
While visiting Reflection Sound, owner/engineer Wayne Jernigan surprised him with a song Larry recorded back in 1981.
It was a novelty record that was based on the infamous air traffic controllers strike in the summer of that year. Sprinkle did a take-off on Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues".
He used the name Donny Crash and called the song, "Lonely Pilots in the Air"!