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Classic Recording Studios: Gold Star In The 1950s

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One of the most famous studios in the history of pop music, Gold Star Recording Studios had a history of success that stretched across four decades. We start with a look at Gold Star the 1950s.

Founded in 1950 by Larry Gold and Stan Ross, Gold Star’s facility on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles turned out some of the most important records of the early rock and roll era.

It was at Gold Star where [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phil Spector [/lastfm]created his famous “Wall of Sound” recording techniques, often times using just a few tracks and countless overdubs.

Though the studio started producing hits by the mid-’50s, it was Spector’s production of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Teddy Bears[/lastfm]’ “To Know Him Is to Love Him” that put the studio on the map. Gold Star is also where Spector produced the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Crystals[/lastfm] “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “And Then He Kissed Me,” the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ronettes[/lastfm] “Be My Baby” and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Righteous Brothers[/lastfm] “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”

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  • RainbowRay

    All those groups mentioned I absolutely love; great music and great times from a great era in music if you ask me. Ya gotta absolutely love Doo Wop as well! So romantic!


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