Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Hit Factory Retires to Florida

This is sort of old news, but if it's good enough for the BBC it's good enough for me:

The New York music studio where John Lennon spent his final hours is to close next month. The Hit Factory, which opened 37 years ago, has played host to some of the biggest stars in music, including Paul Simon, Madonna and David Bowie. However, the rise in digital recording has affected business at the studio, which is relocating to smaller premises in Miami. Lennon recorded his final album "Double Fantasy" at the studio in 1979.

...The studio was founded by Jerry Ragovoy in 1968. In 1975 it was sold to fellow producer Edward Germano, who turned it into a 100,000 square foot studio with seven recording rooms and live mastering suites. His first client was Stevie Wonder, who recorded part of his classic album "Songs In The Key Of Life" there.

Other well-known albums to be recorded or partially recorded at the studio include Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA," the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" and Paul Simon's "Graceland."
That studio really lived up to its name. Maybe I should have recorded my music there instead of "The Songs No One Will Hear Factory." I guess it's too late now.

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