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July 4, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr.
When an artist goes into a recording studio to cut an album, the money for the session is usually paid by a record company in the form of an advance against the artist's royalties on the eventual sale of the record. The success of the studio business, therefore, is tied directly to the performance of the record industry at large. In recent years, that's meant hard times for studio operators. For example, according to the Recording Industry Assn.
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November 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
How does a novice filmmaker, and a documentary filmmaker at that, get access to some of the world's biggest rock, pop and R&B stars for his inaugural low-budget project? That was relatively easy for Greg Camalier - he just chose a subject all had exceptionally passionate feelings about. In this case, Camalier was able to enlist Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Gregg Allman and many other veterans to talk about the musical magic that seemed to flow so consistently out of recording studios in rural Muscle Shoals, Ala., the subject of his documentary, “Muscle Shoals.” Camalier spoke with me about his 3½-year odyssey making “Muscle Shoals” on Thursday after a screening in Santa Monica that was part of the Los Angeles Times' Envelope Independent screening series . PHOTOS: Holiday movie sneaks 2013 Born and raised in the Washington-Virginia region, Camalier said he became inspired to try filmmaking while on a road trip helping a friend move from New York to New Mexico, during which they decided to explore the geography and culture of the south by traveling many of its back roads.
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July 4, 1988 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Back in the 1970s, it was not uncommon for a rock band making an album at the Village Recorder in West Los Angeles to be treated to free champagne and a catered meal at the start and finish of a recording session. "We even used to pick up their hotel bills and rent-a-cars, which is totally out of the question now," said studio manager Nick Smerigan. Nowadays, the bands get cookies and soft drinks, and the cost is added directly to their bill, Smerigan said.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
NEWS
March 24, 1989
Wally Heider, who began a lifelong fascination with Big Band jazz as a music school student in his native Oregon and later founded two of the preeminent recording studios in California, died Wednesday of cancer. His friend and attorney, Francis Mintz, said he had died at his daughter's home in Valencia. He was 66.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 1988 | DON HECKMAN
Kenny Rankin looked content. Leaning back comfortably in his chair at a Calabasas restaurant last week, he checked off the entries in an upbeat status report: --A new record, his first in 10 years. --His new song-writing partner, the best he's ever had, who also happens to be his wife of four years, Aime. --And, for the first time in his more than two-decade career, a strong financial investment in his own music. It's taken a while.
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January 1, 1993
A Woodland Hills man accused of illegally operating a recording studio in his home has been charged with evading taxes and breaking city zoning laws, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said Thursday. Spokesman Mike Qualls said Charles A. Sandford, 37, was charged Wednesday with three counts of failing to register as a business and not paying city taxes on his studio, called Secret Sound.
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May 1, 1996 | GEOFF BOUCHER
Two masked gunmen stole a truck and $10,000 worth of electronics after storming a local recording studio, attacking one employee and leaving seven workers bound and gagged in a back room, police said. The two robbers entered the studio in the 1200 block of Pioneer Street about 9:30 p.m. Monday, threatened employees and hit one worker in the head with a gun, according to Brea Police Sgt. Billy Hutchinson.
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August 16, 1986 | Associated Press
Uncle Sam got out of the rock 'n' roll business Friday after auctioning off one of the top recording studios in the country. Robert Skye of Dover, Del., owner of Skye Labs Inc., a mobile recording unit, was high bidder at $585,000. Plant Studios had been seized by the U.S. marshal's office last year when owner Stanley Forbes Jacox was arrested on drug charges. Jacox had taken the studios from near bankruptcy to recognition as one of the top 10 recording operations in the nation.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 1998 | Marc Weingarten
Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac--it's no surprise that these artists, all identified to a large extent with Los Angeles, made many of their best-known recordings in studios located in the city. But what about Elvis Presley, a performer indelibly linked to Memphis, Tenn.? The King recorded many of his biggest hits, including "Jailhouse Rock" and "All Shook Up," in Los Angeles. Or the Rolling Stones, the quintessential ambassadors of Swinging London?
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May 23, 2013
Flynn Robinson Guard in Lakers 1971 championship team Flynn Robinson, 72, a flashy guard who was a member of the 1971-72 Lakers team that brought Los Angeles its first NBA title, died Thursday at Keck Hospital in Los Angeles from complications related to cancer. He had been battling multiple myeloma for about two years, according to the Lakers. His scoring binges with the championship team earned him the nickname "Instant Offense" from longtime Lakers announcer Chick Hearn.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A Sonoma County estate with a recording studio that has been used to produce albums for Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman and Duran Duran, among others, has come on the market at $5.3 million. Encompassing more than eight acres, the wine country compound includes a gated main house with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and seven fireplaces built in a 1760s Colonial style.  There are also two guesthouses, a theater/entertainment building, a gym/cabana building and the recording studio.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
High-spirited, emotional and funny, "Sound City" is, of all things, a mash note to a machine. Not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll. That piece of equipment, the Neve 8028 sound board, was the crown jewel of Sound City in Van Nuys, a complete dump of a recording studio whose unkempt ambience and warehouse complex location didn't stop it from turning out more than 100 gold and platinum records, including epochal work by Neil Young, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Rage Against the Machine, Fleetwood Mac and Nine Inch Nails.
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January 3, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor-screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton has sold his estate in Beverly Hills for $8 million. Built in 1929, the 11,012-square-foot Spanish-style mansion retains its period details and features a two-story living room, a recording studio, a gym, a library, nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The walled and gated property of more than a half-acre includes a swimming pool, a spa, fountains and a paddle tennis court. Thornton, 57, directed, wrote and starred in the movie "Sling Blade" (1996)
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December 12, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"American Idol" winner David Cook has sold his house in Hollywood Hills for $1.365 million. The Beachwood Canyon-area house has views of the Hollywood sign, a recording studio and a custom-designed dog yard. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in nearly 3,100 square feet. Cook, 29, won the seventh season of the singing competition show in 2008. Since "Idol," he has released the albums "David Coke" and "This Loud Morning. " The singer paid $1.318 million for the property in 2010, public records show.
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February 24, 2012 | Randy Lewis
Guitarist Billy Strange once took the kind of phone call that thousands of musicians receive only in their best and wildest dreams. "I was staying at a hotel in Nashville in 1965 when my telephone rang and this unmistakable voice said, 'Billy, this is Elvis. I'd like for you to stop by my studios and play some music with me,'" Strange told an English newspaper in 2002. "I was absolutely thrilled, so I went along and he just sat at the piano playing gospel songs. We had a lot of fun; so much so that we never got around to recording anything that first day. " That made it a rare day in Strange's life in the 1960s: He not only was one of the hottest players but also a successful songwriter, arranger and recording artist working in L.A.'s' top recording studios at what may have been the pinnacle of a long career in which he contributed to hit records by artists such as Presley, the Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, the Everly Brothers, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson and the Partridge Family.
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September 12, 2013 | By David Colker
Before an audio revolution in the mid-1960s, just about all music, dialogue and other sounds played on tape recordings had one thing in common: hiss. The bothersome, underlying noise seemed especially unavoidable during quiet passages on the once-ubiquitous cassette tapes. But then came an engineering breakthrough that nearly wiped out the hiss, and made the inventor's name - Dolby - world-famous. Ray Dolby, 80, died Thursday at his home in San Francisco. The company he founded, Dolby Laboratories, released a statement saying he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years and in July was found to have acute leukemia.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Tom McCauley didn't plan on making house calls when he started in the music business. As a recording engineer, McCauley made a good living working out of the many commercial studios that had grown up throughout the Los Angeles area to serve the music, film and television industries. But with the advent of software that allows high-end recording from a personal computer, the 53-year-old Sherman Oaks resident has traded the quasi-industrial atmosphere of the commercial studio for his customers' garages or living rooms.
HOME & GARDEN
August 2, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Singer and record producer John Feldmann has sold his Bel-Air-area house for $2.45 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The contemporary Mediterranean, built in 2002, has an open floor plan with 4,700 square feet. The recording studio in the home contains a live room, two control rooms and a vocal booth. Including a master suite with a private patio, there are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The grounds of more than a third of an acre include a saltwater pool with spa. Feldmann, 44, is the lead singer and guitarist for Goldfinger.
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