Thursday, May 24, 2012

Columbia Recording, Studio A, 799 7th Ave., New York, NY



Studio A is circled.

799 7th Avenue, New york, NY was one of their earliest recording studios.

The company was founded in 1888, evolving from an earlier enterprise, the American Graphophone Company—successor to the Volta Graphophone Company.[2] Columbia is the oldest brand name in pre-recorded sound,[3] being the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders.
In 1934 it was known as Robbins Music Corporation. 
Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone was recorded here on June 15+16, 1965.
Before the Equitable, 799 7th was sold to engineer/producer Phil Ramone, who made it into yet another successful NY studio, A&R.
The building was demolished in 1983, and were replaced by the enormous Equitable Building, which now takes up the whole length of the block from 51st to 52nd.


After further research, Jerry never recorded here. It was Columbia Studios, San Francisco.




1.)^http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2010/10/david-bromberg.html
2.)^Bilton, Lynn. The Columbia Graphophone and Grafonola -A Beginner's Guide. Intertique.com website, 2007
3.)^Billboard, 1955-09-17, pg 36, http://books.google.com/books?id=2CMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA35&dq=%22columbia+records%22+%2B+%22oldest+label%22&hl=en&ei=O_BXTITNHo7tnQfZma2bCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22columbia%20records%22%20%2B%20%22oldest%20label%22&f=false 

10 comments:

  1. Before the Equitable, 799 7th was sold to engineer/producer Phil Ramone, who made it into yet another successful NY studio, A&R.

    I'm the son of an engineer who worked there in the 60's & early 70's.

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  2. check out this rare sheet music on ebay listing # eBay item number 291424573068

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  3. Served as Decca studios until 1936

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  4. It was also formerly the Irving Berlin Music Publishing building.

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  5. Where did you get the 9/13/73 date for Garcia recording here? I didn't have that one.

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  6. Thank you for pointing that out. That session belongs at Columbia Studios, San Francisco but that makes the date incorrect. It was released in 1972!.

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  7. Anyone ever find any photos of this building taken in the 30s or 40s? Thanks.

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