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As he prepares to spend the rest of his life in jail, it's easy to forget the musical legacy of Phil Spector (pictured above with Ronnie Spector). Ask most people about him, and they say - The Wall of Sound.
Gold Star's perfect echo on Santa Monica Boulevard in central Hollywood is where he built it, using the Gold-designed consoles and acoustically coated walls.
From the mid-50s to mid 80s, Gold Star saw the initiation into the recording arts of artists like Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Beach Boys, Sonny And Cher (together and solo), Buffalo Springfield, Duane Eddy, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, The Ronettes, The Righteous Brothers, Iron Butterfly, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass and Meat Loaf.
It was also the recording ‘home’ of ABC-TV’s prime-time Rock & Roll Show Shindig and became the perfect and natural creative home for so many major artists: Bobby Darin, The Who, The Monkees, The Band, Ramones, The Association, Art Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and John Lennon.