the scope of history, sound had only come to film in 1927, with the movie
"The Jazz Singer." It
also the year that Jimmie Rodgers, known as "the man that started it all,"
first recorded for
Talking Machines. Ford Motors had just released the "Model A" and
the Grand Old Opry
first aired on the radio. Lindberg flies New York to Paris and the
song "Home on the Range"
1930 the Great Depression was kicking into full swing. Bob Wills
is playing in medicine shows.
Autry has gotten his first recording deal and the first color movie has
premiered. In 1930 the
singing cowboy movie is released with Ken Maynard in "Songs of the Saddle."
The radio is
in popularity and the Carter Family has popularized "Wabash Cannonball."
Jazz is big
the "wireless" and the "talking machine," but nothing is bigger than the
in '30, Victor Talking Machines in a move to get closer to the film business
and so they could
into the new sound-on-film business built a quarter of a million dollar
studio at 7000 Santa
Boulevard. This location would prove to be very historic and where
the birth of many new
and innovations in music were recorded. Sure, there are other studios
around L.A., New
Chicago, Memphis and Nashville, but the old studio known as Radio Recorders
goes on the
as a possible historical musical marker in time. Now, known
as Studio 56, the history moves
with the top acts of a new millennium going in the door. This may
be one of the most famous
in the world!
June and July of 1930, Victor brought one of their top recording
stars out to the new Hollywood
Jimmie Rodgers was at the time about as near as there could be to a superstar.
that he was the first true superstar in the evolution of the music business.
in the studio he recorded some songs that would be his big hits and that
would live on in
till this day. Some of the songs that he recorded at the Victor's
studio there on Santa
Drive are listed below next to his picture.
July 11th he recorded "Muleskinner Blues" issued as
Yodel No. 8". History tells it that during these sessions
rising young trumpeter named Louis Armstrong came in the studio and
with Jimmie. This is said to be the first time a white man and a
black man recorded
They recorded what is called "Blue Yodel No. 9" also known as Standing
on the Corner."
song just happens to be the last song that Jerry Garcia recorded before
he died, and is on
tribute CD released by Bob Dylan, "The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute."
In the beginning
the liner notes on the CD Dylan wrote, "Jimmy Rodgers of course is one
of the guiding lights of
20th Century whose way with song has always been an inspiration to those
of us who have
the path. A blazin star whose sound was and remains the raw essence
of individuality in
sea of conformity, par excellence with no equal.
in the studio Jimmie was having bouts with his TB and sometimes running
very high fever, but
experts agree that he did some of his best work while out in Hollywood
in 1930, and would be the
time that he recorded that year, for his health was taking him closer to
the grave. As the world
suffering the beginning of the Great Depression, Jimmie was becoming the
had come out to Hollywood the year before when he recorded "The Singing
the very early music movies. In fact a early attempt by Columbia
to get into the "talkie" business.
tells it that Columbia went to Victor Talking Machines in New York back
in 1929, when they
to get into the new "sound-on-film" or the business and wanted to find
a star that had some
appeal already. They thought that Victor might could hook them
up with one of their "record"
and they sent out Jimmie Rodgers. This was one of the first, if not
first "music videos."
time this went on to be one of the most active recording studios in Hollywood,
great hits like, "White Christmas", "You Send Me", "Mac The Knife", "Love
Letters In The
"Peter Gunn" , "Purple People Eater" and many others, this is where Elvis
his biggest hits. It was during 1954 and 1955 that Elvis recorded
some of his first music, but it
be in the old Radio Recorders in Hollywood where he would record songs
like "Love Me
"Loving You", "Jailhouse Rock", "King Creole", "G.I. Blues", "Blue Hawaii",
"Viva Las Vegas"
historic Radio Recorders studio is now known as Studio 56,
when you walk into the famous
E one feels the ghosts..."if these walls could sing." Add to the
famous that have recorded in
room Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Sam Cooke, Pat Boone, Buck Page who founded
the Riders of
Purple Sage, Diamond Dave Somerville (founding member and lead singer for
many others, This classic room has also graced Spade Cooley,
Stevie Wonder, Ringo Star,
Coolidge, Guns and Roses, Brandy, Christina Aquilera, Edgar Winter, Ziggy
Anita Baker, Magic Johnson, Snoop Dogg, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Dionne
Messina and on and on and on...
2000 Benford E. Standley.