RCA Victor often used Webster Hall on the lower east side New York City
(125 East 11th St). It became a dance palace the last time I went by
there (which was many years ago, I'll admit.)
Columbia had studios on 30th St in New York City (207 East 30th St),
from 1949 to 1981. It was originally a church built in 1875.
According to Wikipedia:
The very last recording made in the studio was Glenn Gould's slower and
reconsidered Goldberg Variations (Reappraised) in 1981, a year before
Columbia failed to buy the building (for an estimated $250,000;
equivalent to $570,000 after inflation) when they abandoned their
contracts with the studio in 1982. CBS felt constrained by restrictions
imposed by the owner, including a closing time of 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. The
owner then sold it for $1.2 million, and it was quickly reacquired for
$4.5 million ($10 million after inflation). The building was later
demolished and a mid-rise residential apartment building called "The
Wilshire" was built in its place, completed in 1985.
On 2/6/11 9:35 AM, Michael Shoshani wrote:
> On Sun, 2011-02-06 at 07:34 -0800, Lou Judson wrote:
>> One thing that bothers me about Sony is how they erase the history
>> they purchase - there are a dozen or so "Sony Studios" but what
>> happened to the original name and heritage?
>> Look st www.sonymusic.com and se if you can find the original names.
>> Or the interview at<http://mixonline.com/mag/
>> audio_sony_music_studios/> and see if they acknowlege even the
>> original name sof the studio they bought up? What was it called
>> before they purchased it?
> They erased the history in more ways than one. According to Wikipedia,
> the building at 460 W. 54th Street was demolished to make way for luxury
> My understanding, which could be way off, is that most (if not all) of
> the former RCA Victor and CBS-Columbia studios have been closed down,
> with most of the New York buildings demolished. EMI still maintains
> studios - at the very least Abbey Road and Capitol - but who knows how
> long they can afford to keep them staffed and maintained? Or where/how
> they will fit should Sony/BMG do a merger with EMI...
> Michael Shoshani