Wednesday, October 31, 2012

American Recording Studios ... The other Historic Memphis Studio


“American Sound Studio was a recording  studio at 827 Thomas Street.  Almost no one remembers it as they remember Sun and Stax Records.  But more than one hundred hit songs were recorded there between 1967 and 1972 and also listed in Billboard's Top 100.  During a one week span, 25% of Billboard's top 100 not only came from this studio, but featured the same house band backing a variety of artists.  During its brief lifespan, American produced in excess of 40 gold records.  Among the artists who recorded at there were Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas,  Joe Tex, Roy Hamilton, The Box Tops, and Bobby Womack.  Perhaps American is not well known because most of the hits produced there were not for the American label, but for major labels who hired the studio for its excellent team of producers, musicians, writers and arrangers.  American was different because it excelled in the production of multiple styles of music, including Rock, R&B, Pop, Jazz, and Country.”

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