|Nat King Cole and Bill Putnam, no idea who the other guys are.|
More hit records have been produced at this studio than any other in the world.
Finally in 1957, he sold his interest in Universal Recording and started a new company called United Recording Corp. and moved to Hollywood, taking over a building at 6050 Sunset and started new construction on new studios. Stereo was taking off and Putnam was determined to incorporate as many technological innovations in to the new complex as possible. In 1961, Western Recorders at 6000 Sunset was acquired and remodeled and incorporated into the complex with the facilities being known as United Western Recorders.
In 1977, the United Recorders building at 6050 was purchased from Bill Putnam by Allen Sides. Shortly thereafter, the Western Recorders building at 6000 Sunset was added to the complex that became Ocean Way Recording.
Cello Studios assumed ownership of the building located at 6000 Sunset in January 1999. The equipment inventory was also purchased from Ocean Way Recording at the time. The collection of rare vintage microphones alone is irreplaceable, not to mention the outboard gear,.
|Sessions took place at Western Recorders, Studio One, in Hollywood, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 1967. Arranger Claus Ogerman is at left.|
Totally boring, predictable, Studio 3 at Western Recorders was in fact one of the Major Sacred Spaces of the recording world between 1964 and 1968. It was the home studio for a number of key rock evolutionaries; the most notable would include the Mamas and Papas, the Beach Boys, the Association, Jan & Dean, Johnny Rivers, the Turtles (sometimes), or, in another way of looking at it, anyone Lou Adler was managing or producing, Bones Howe was engineering, Jan Berry was scamming, or any side project of a Wilson - dad or boys.
Harper's Bizarre's "Feelin' Groovy" was recorded here on 11/25/66 and March 8, 1967 and March 13, 14 and 17, 1967.
In 1989, the studios were acquired by Allen Sides and renamed Oceanway.
In 1999 Rick Adams purchased the studios and renamed it Cello. The studios themselves have not been altered in any way since Bill Putnam's original design.
At the end of 2003 the name was changed back to Western Recorders.
In January 2006 it was acquired by Doug Rogers of EastWest, the #1 sounds producer in the world.
A few of the artists who have recorded at Western:
The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Merchant, R.E.M., Bette Midler.
|The current owners, Gary and Candice.|
June, 1966 Scorpio sessions
February 1974 (Compliments Of)(3)
One sidenote is that Estribou said he took the band to Western Recording to finish recording for the single. But Blair Jackson suggests that, since Western Recording was actually in Los Angeles, they more likely went to Coast Recorders. This seems to dovetail nicely with Scully’s recollection that the band recorded some demos at Coast, though with Estribou at the helm rather than Healy.
(The Scorpio sessions are covered in more detail in the Taping Compendium vol. I p. 110-112, and the book Grateful Dead Gear p. 36-38.)(2)
1.)^The World's Premier Studio, http://www.liquid-blue.com/music/WesternRecorders.htm
2.)^Grateful Dead Guide, 2011-10-18, The Dead In The Studio, 1966, http://deadessays.blogspot.com/2011/10/dead-in-studio-1966.html