Ensconced in a residential enclave inside Houston’s historic East End, SugarHill Recording Studios remains a secret to many locals. Freddy Fender’s platinum single, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” and Destiny Child’s gold CD of “The Writing’s on the Wall” adorn the paneled hallway connecting the illustrious Studio A with Studio B. Six decades of hit recordings have been spawned from these hallowed rooms.
When vocalist Hank Schyma records with the Britpop psychedelic Southern Backtones at SugarHill, he plays on the same grand piano as Todd Rundgren did in 1977. “There’s this sort of voodoo that you experience at SugarHill, knowing that all your heroes have passed through its doors and recorded on the same equipment,” Schyma says. Cultural icons such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Clay Walker, and lately, soloist Beyonce Knowles, have enjoyed sojourns inside the modest white brick studios on Brock Street.
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