May 31, 2011

The country’s most historic recording studios

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While modern technology is advancing to the point that up and coming artists and musicians can record from home and produce viable music and tracks, recording studios are still not obsolete. Some of the most historically significant recording studios are located in the United States and have produced some of the greatest music and musicians of all time. While Los Angeles, on the West Coast, and New York, on the East Coast, have had the largest studio presence historically and in modern times, there are many more recording studios throughout the country that are historically substantial.
Sunset Sound/ The Record Plant
Both of these studios are located in or near Los Angeles, California. Sunset Sound Recorders is located on Sunset Blvd. and is one of the most widely used and respected sound recording facilities in the country. Many artists have recorded here, including the Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and Led Zeppelin. The California outlet of The Record Plant has produced music by various artists including Fleetwood Mac, but the studio’s New York location is much more prolific.
The Record Plant
New York’s Record Plant has produced albums and hits from some of the most famous musicians of modern times. The Record Plant also has two locations in California that are somewhat less famous. While New York’s location closed in the 1980′s, it is still known as one of the country’s most legendary recording studios. From Jimi Hendrix to the Velvet Underground, many notable musicians have used this studio to produce some of their most famous music.
Sun Studio
Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee is known as the “birthplace of rock & roll”. Some of the most famous rock musicians have recorded here, including Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Currently, this recording studio is a notable tourist location and also serves as a recording studio to famous artists. Recent artists such as Ringo Starr and John Mellencamp have recorded at the studio.
Hitsville U.S.A. / Chess Records
Hitsville U.S.A. was the first office of Motown Records. Located in Detroit, Michigan, the studio is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Hitsville produced such artists as the Funk Brothers, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson Five. Chess Records was founded in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois and produced a good deal of early blues, soul, and R&B music. Artists such as Chuck Berry and Etta James found their beginnings here. Now, the location previously held by Chess Records houses the building for a large Blues related charity foundation.

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