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Hollywood: Host to Grammy Hitmakers since 1959

By Camila Webb

February 10, 2017

To people all over the world, Hollywood is known as the capital of the motion picture industry. But to many others, Hollywood is also well known as a music town. And what would the movies be without music, after all? As The Recording Academy prepares for The Grammy Awards this Sunday, music’s biggest night, we take a look at some of the historic recording studios here in Hollywood, where some of the most memorable Grammy award-winning works have been recorded.

Capitol Records, 1750 Vine Street

Photo by Gary Leonard © HPOA

  • Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame November 2016
  • from the album Luck of the Draw, recorded at Capitol Studios in 1990. (source)
  • 25, the third studio album from Adele, and 2017 Album of the Year nominee, was mixed at Capitol Studios. (source)
  • Recent Grammy Wins Cut at Capitol:
  • 2014 Album of the Year: Daft Punk Random Access Memories (source)
  • 2015 Album of the Year: Beck Morning Phase (source)

Back in Time:

  • 2005 Album of the Year: Ray Charles Genius Loves Company (Mixing) (source)
  • 2005 Best Rock Album: Green Day, American Idiot (source)
  • 1965 Record of the Year: The Beatles “I Want To Hold Your Hand” mastered at Capitol (source)
  • 1999 Hall of Fame Award Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers and Hart Song Book (1956) (source)
  • 1959 Frank Sinatra Come Dance With Me! wins Album of the Year at 2nd Annual Grammy Awards (recorded at Capitol Studios 1958) (source)

Record Plant (Formerly Radio Recorders), 1032 N. Sycamore Ave.
Previous location: 8456 West Third Street

Photo by Devin Strecker © HPOA

  • Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame November 2016, Elvis Presley’s “Jail House Rock” was recorded here in 1957, in what was then known as the Radio Recorders Annex. (source)
  • 2017 Nominee Album of the Year:
  • Justin Bieber Purpose (source)
  • 2007 Best Contemporary R&B Album: Beyonce B’Day (source)
  • 1974 Album Of The Year: Stevie Wonder Innervisions (Previous location) (source)
  • 1978 Best Album: Fleetwood Mac Rumours4 (Previous location) (source)
  • 1978 Record of the Year: The Eagles “Hotel California” (Previous location) (source)

Sunset Sound & Sound Factory, 6650 Sunset Blvd. & 6357 Selma Ave.

Photo by Devin Strecker © HPOA

  • Prince’s ninth studio album Sign O’ the Times, parts recorded at Sunset Sound, was inaugurated in the Grammy Hall of Fame November 2016. (source)
  • 2013 Best Historical Album: Brian Wilson Smile (source)
  • 2001 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Macy Gray “I Try” (source)
  • 1987 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Prince “Kiss” from the album Parade (source: Prince: Life and Times: Revised and Updated Edition By Jason Draper)
  • 1985 Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Prince Purple Rain (source)
  • 1984 Nominee Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sheena Easton “Telefone” (source)
  • 1978 Nominee Record of the Year & Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Linda Ronstadt “Blue Bayou” off the album Simple Dreams (source)

EastWest Studios (Formerly Ocean Way), 6000 Sunset Blvd.

According to their official website, EastWest Studios has had more Grammy-winning recordings than any other studio in the world.

Photo by Devin Strecker © HPOA

  • 2013 Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean Channel Orange
  • 2012 Nominee Album of the Year: Rihanna Loud
  • 1984 Album of the Year: Michael Jackson Thriller
  • (Michael Jackson took home seven Grammys for Thriller, setting a record for most wins at one ceremony)
  • 1998 Hall of Fame: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
  • 1970 Nominee Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Frank Sinatra “My Way”
  • 1967 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: The Mamas and the Papas “Monday Monday”

Henson Recording Studios (Formerly A&M Records), 1416 N. LaBrea Ave.

Photo by Devin Strecker © HPOA

  • 2012 Nominee Album of the Year: Lady Gaga “Born This Way” (Mixing) (source)
  • 2008 Best Rap Album: Kanye West “Graduation” (source)
  • 1999 Grammy Hall of Fame: Joni Mitchell Blue (source)
  • 1991 Best Rock Song: Sting “The Soul Cages” (source)
  • 1972 Album of the Year: Carole King Tapestry (source)
  • 1972 Song of the Year: Carole King You’ve Got a Friend (First woman to win Song of the Year) (source)
  • 1986 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Barbara Streisand The Broadway Album (source)

Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd.

Photo by Gary Leonard © HPOA

  • The Carpenters accepted their Grammy for Best New Artist at the Hollywood Palladium in 1971, as well as a Grammy for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo or Group for their song “Close To You.” “Close To You” was recorded with the Wrecking Crew musicians at the A&M Studios (now Henson Recording Studios) in Hollywood. (source)
  • Location of Grammy Award Ceremonies 1971, 1974, 1976 and 1977.
  • In 1974 Stevie Wonder became the first African American to win a Grammy for album of the year for his work Innervisions. He accepted his award at The Hollywood Palladium, just a few miles from The Record Plant where it was recorded. (source) The same night, he won Best Rhythm and Blues Song, Best R&B Vocal Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Male Performance. He later won a Grammy for Album of the Year for Songs in the Key of Life, which was presented at the 1977 Grammy Award ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium. (source)

Boulevard Recording (Formerly Producer’s Workshop), 6035 Hollywood Blvd.

  • 1981 Grammy Nominee Album of the Year Pink Floyd The Wall (source)
  • 2008 Hall of Fame: Pink Floyd The Wall (source)
  • 1978 Nominee Album of the Year: Steely Dan Aja (source)
  • 2005 Hall of Fame: Steely Dan Aja (source)

WAX Ltd. (Formerly T.T.G. Studios), 1441 N. McCadden Pl.

  • 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award: The Velvet Underground. The Velvet Underground recorded their album The Velvet Underground & Nico, at the former TTG Studios as well as at Scepter Studios and Mayfair Studios in New York City. (source: 101 Albums that Changed Popular Music By Chris Smith (p.44), Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed By Howard Sounes)

Cherokee Studios, 751 N. Fairfax Ave. (closed)

  • David Bowie is nominated for seven 2017 Grammy Awards for his album Blackstar. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (2006), David Bowie, recorded his tenth album Station to Station at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood in 1975. (source: The Complete David Bowie By Nicholas Pegg)

Gold Star Studios, 6562 Santa Monica Blvd. (closed)

The since-destroyed studio was made famous as the homebase for Phil Spectors “Wall of Sound”.

  • Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame November 2016, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” was recorded at Gold Star Studios. (source: The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret By Kent Hartmanv, p.94)
  • 1965 Nominee Best Rock and Roll Recording: The Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” (source: Tearing Down The Wall of Sound: The Rise And Fall of Phil Spector By Mick Brown, p.174)
  • 1999 Hall of Fame: The Ronettes “Be My Baby” (source: Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-hop By Frank W. Hoffmann, p. 107)
  • 1966 Nominee Best Vocal Group Performance: The Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” (source: The Beach Boys: The Definitive Diary of America’s Greatest Band, on Stage … By Keith Badman, p.118)

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