Recording Studios

Steve Gibson repeated, “I’ve been blessed,” which acted as a recurring theme throughout his NAMM Oral History interview. The sentiment comes from a review of his extraordinary career as a studio musician, producer, and musical director based in Nashville. At 19 years old, in the early 1970s, he...
Donna Jean Godchaux was the only female singer with the Grateful Dead (on stage and on recordings) from 1971 until 1979. In fact, she was the first female singer with the group and was once married to the band's keyboard player. When she was just nine years old, she met Rick Hall before he opened...
David Gold created a special formula that became the key factor in the echo chamber of his Hollywood recording studio called Gold Star.  The studio was filled with furniture and electronic machines that David built himself.  All of the control boards and all modifications of the gear within the...
Jeff Greenberg is the owner and CEO of the Village Recorder in West LA, the landmark studio that has and continues to play a big role in recorded music.  The studio has been used to record hundreds of bestselling albums, many that became standards!  Jeff had an opportunity to purchase the studio in...
Rick Hall was born just down the country road from Sam Philips, the founder of Sun Records in Memphis.  Perhaps there was something in the Florence River there near Muscle Shoals because Rick too went on to establish a famous recording studio, Fame!  Rick entered the music publishing industry in...
John Hampton was a Grammy winning engineer at the Ardent Studios in Memphis, where he worked side by side with the studio's founder, John Fry.  The studio recorded a long list of artists from Stax in the early days when Mr. Fry opened the business.  Over the years the studio was home to many...
Brian Hardgroove remembers the very day he sat in with a band to play drums for an audience.  It was July 4, 1976, a day that changed his life.  He later picked up the bass guitar and worked in recording studios.  He learned firsthand from several legendary engineers and producers such as Eddie...
Jerry Harrison recalled several memories of visiting local music stores as a young teenager, just as his musical career began.  Growing up in Milwaukee, Jerry had access to several music stores, where he went to check out and purchase musical instruments and gear, all in the foreshadowing of his...
Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez is the long-time drummer for the rock band Oingo Boingo, playing on all of the band’s big hit songs including “Deadman’s Party” and “Just Another Day.” He played jazz drums for several years before the band was formed. Johnny has been involved with the NAMM community for...
Phil Hilborne turned the pages while next to his mother as a child as she played the piano. That early experience was not only a wonderful memory, but a useful training opportunity to read and understand music. He developed into a guitarist and a writer. Phil was able to convey thoughts and ideas...

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