Classic Recording Studios: Gold Star In The 1960s

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Springfield Founder Neil Young, c. 2010 (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

The 1950s home of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Phil Spector[/lastfm], during the 1960s, Gold Star Recording Studios became home of some of Southern California’s biggest stars.

Gold Star was founded in the 1950s, and as its reputation continued to grow into the ’60s, owners Dave Gold and Stan Ross brought on Ross’ cousin, Larry Levine, to work as an engineer at the Santa Monica Boulevard studio.

Along with engineering sessions by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sergio Mendes[/lastfm], Levine handled hit-making sessions by [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sonny and Cher[/lastfm].

Other artists who recorded at Gold Star in the ’60s included [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Buffalo Springfield[/lastfm] (“For What It’s Worth”), [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dobie Gray[/lastfm] (“The In Crowd”) and the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Turtles[/lastfm] (“Elinor”).

Here’s a classic video of the Buffalo Springfield at Monterey in 1967.

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