Jody Stephens, along with three of his friends, formed the influential rock band Big Star and went on to recording several albums with the band. The band cut their early demos and all of their studio recordings at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The studio's founder, John Fry, took a liking to Jody and soon let the then teenager in on weekends to get familiar with the studio setting and the equipment. In 1975, John hired Jody in a marketing position, which continues to this day (along with a handful of other duties for the studio). Jody continues to be involved with projects related to Big Star as the band's popularity only seems to grow each year.
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