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A TRIP ALONG BUDDY'S RECORDING PLACES
 



Al Weintraub opened Bell Sound in the early 1950s on West 87th Street, New York City and when he moved closer to the midtown action in 1954, Bell became New York City's busiest independent studio. Most label owners who came to Bell used the same group of musicians, who could be depended on to find a groove with a minimum of run-throughs: Mickey (“Guitar”) Baker, Panama Francis on drums, and Sam Taylor on sax. Arranger Sammy Lowe was called in if strings were needed. Out-of-town companies often used Bell Sound to catch artists in the middle of their busy touring schedules.

Norman Petty flew in from Clovis for a recording session shared with vocal group The Jivetones on January 25th 1958, from 8pm - 2am at the Bell Sound Studio (237 W 54th St.) Buddy, The Crickets and Norman Petty on piano performed with the Coral Records musicians, Al Caiola on guitar, on "Rave On" and "That's My Desire".

By 8pm on the 26th, Buddy and The Crickets were performing "Oh Boy" on the Ed Sullivan Show. The Ed Sullivan Theater being 10 blocks from the Bell Sound Studio.

In later years Del Shannon recorded “Runaway” at Bell Sound and other artists that used the studio included Dionne Warwick, Isley Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Kiss.

In the late 70s you could go for "THE MOON THE SPOON AND THE STARS”"across the street in Studio 54.

The first Everly Brothers session outside of Nashville took place in this studio. They recorded "Let it be me".

The building is now housing a dance studio.

 
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