Benford Standley, Buck Page and Paul Schwartz.
Buck is the founding member of the RIDERS OF THE
PURPLE SAGE and over the years recorded several
times in the studio.  Paul is owner/CEO of Studio 56.

 


Joey Covington on right with friends, Joey played

with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship



King Cotton


Dave Somerville, Jackie Kane and Brad Burkhart


Peggy and King Cotton

 



Studio 56 owner Paul Schwartz on left

 


Brad and Steve

ELVIS
has not left the building

check out the Green Screen Project


Bryan Master was GREAT!!!!


Paul with The BD Boy and a Gang of friends

In the scope of history, sound had only come to film in 1927, with the movie "The Jazz Singer."  It
was also the year that Jimmie Rodgers, known as "the man that started it all," first recorded for
Victor Talking Machines.  Ford Motors had just released the "Model A" and the Grand Old Opry
was first aired on the radio.  Lindberg flies New York to Paris and the song "Home on the Range"
was first recorded.

In 1930 the Great Depression was kicking into full swing.  Bob Wills is playing in medicine shows.
Gene Autry has gotten his first recording deal and the first color movie has premiered.  In 1930 the
first singing cowboy movie is released with Ken Maynard in "Songs of the Saddle."  The radio is
growing in popularity and the Carter Family has popularized "Wabash Cannonball."  Jazz is big
on the "wireless" and the "talking machine," but nothing is bigger than the "Singing Brakeman"
Jimmie Rodgers.

Also in '30, Victor Talking Machines in a move to get closer to the film business and so they could
get into the new sound-on-film business built a quarter of a million dollar studio at 7000 Santa
Monica Boulevard.  This location would prove to be very historic and where the birth of many new
sounds and innovations in music were recorded.  Sure, there are other studios around L.A., New
York, Chicago, Memphis and Nashville, but the old studio known as Radio Recorders goes on the
list as a possible historical musical marker in time.  Now,  known as Studio 56, the history moves
on with the top acts of a new millennium going in the door.  This may be one of the most famous
studios in the world!

In June and July of 1930,  Victor brought one of their top recording stars out to the new Hollywood
studio.  Jimmie Rodgers was at the time about as near as there could be to a superstar.  History
records that he was the first true superstar in the evolution of the music business.  While Jimmie
was in the studio he recorded some songs that would be his big hits and that would live on in
music till this day.  Some of the songs that he recorded at the Victor's studio there on Santa
Monica Drive are listed below next to his picture.

My Blue-Eyed Jane
Moonlight and Skies
Why Should I Be Lonely
Take Me Back Again
Pistol Packin',  he worked in the studio alone with just him and his guitar.
I'm Lonesome Too
Those Gambler's Blues,  was a variation of the old "St. James Infirmary"
The One Rose
Jimmie's Mean Mama Blues


Singing Brakeman Jimmie Rodgers

On July 11th he recorded "Muleskinner Blues" issued as
"Blue Yodel No. 8".  History tells it that during these sessions
a rising young trumpeter named Louis Armstrong came in the studio and
recorded with Jimmie.  This is said to be the first time a white man and a black man recorded
together.  They recorded what is called "Blue Yodel No. 9" also known as Standing on the Corner."
This song just happens to be the last song that Jerry Garcia recorded before he died, and is on
the tribute CD released by Bob Dylan, "The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute."  In the beginning
of the liner notes on the CD Dylan wrote, "Jimmy Rodgers of course is one of the guiding lights of
the 20th Century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those of us who have
followed the path.  A blazin star whose sound was and remains the raw essence of individuality in
a sea of conformity, par excellence with no equal.

While in the studio Jimmie was having bouts with his TB and sometimes running very high fever, but
the experts agree that he did some of his best work while out in Hollywood in 1930, and would be the
only time that he recorded that year, for his health was taking him closer to the grave.  As the world
was suffering the beginning of the Great Depression, Jimmie was becoming the first superstar.

Jimmie had come out to Hollywood the year before when he recorded "The Singing Brakeman," one
of the very early music movies.  In fact a early attempt by Columbia to get into the "talkie" business.
Story tells it that Columbia went to Victor Talking Machines in New York back in 1929, when they
wanted to get into the new "sound-on-film" or the business and wanted to find a star that had some
music appeal already.   They thought that Victor might could hook them up with one of their "record"
stars, and they sent out Jimmie Rodgers.  This was one of the first, if not first "music videos."

Through time this went on to be one of the most active recording studios in Hollywood, besides the
many great hits like, "White Christmas", "You Send Me", "Mac The Knife", "Love Letters In The
Sand", "Peter Gunn" , "Purple People Eater" and many others, this is where Elvis recorded many
of his biggest hits.  It was during 1954 and 1955 that Elvis recorded some of his first music, but it
would be in the old Radio Recorders in Hollywood where he would record songs like "Love Me
Tender", "Loving You", "Jailhouse Rock", "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii", "Girls! Girls!
Girls!", "Viva Las Vegas"

The historic Radio Recorders studio is now known as Studio 56,  when you walk into the famous
Studio E one feels the ghosts..."if these walls could sing."  Add to the famous that have recorded in
the room Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Pat Boone, Buck Page who founded the Riders of
the Purple Sage, Diamond Dave Somerville (founding member and lead singer for the Diamonds)
and many others,   This classic room has also graced Spade Cooley,  Stevie Wonder, Ringo Star,
Rita Coolidge, Guns and Roses, Brandy, Christina Aquilera, Edgar Winter, Ziggy Marley, Queen
Latifah, Anita Baker, Magic Johnson, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Dionne Warwick, Jo
Dee Messina and on and on and on...       © 2000  Benford E. Standley. All Rights Reserved.

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