1963– Bill Quinn retires. He is well into his 60’s at that point. Quinn leases the building to JL Patterson (a custom record company owner) who takes over, becoming studio manager and also one of the engineers. Other engineers working at Gold Star Studios at that point were Dan Puscar and Walt Andrus.
In mid-1963, Arnett Cobb, considered the father of the Texas tenor saxophone sound, recorded an unreleased album with another saxophone giant of the jazz world, Don Wilkerson. The masters of the recording were lost and were only recently discovered in the Gold Star/SugarHill vault in 1998!
1961– Gene Thomas had a hit with the song “Sometime” reaching number 53 on Billboard Charts. At the same time Mel Douglas recorded “Cadillac Boogie” which was a major hit in Europe but did not receive the same reception in the US. However, it is now considered one of the most classic rockabilly songs of […]
Texas native Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins (1912-1982) began recording with Bill Quinn 1947
Late 1959: Claude Gray records “Family Bible” written by Willie Nelson. The song shot up to #10 in the Billboard charts. That was Willie Nelson’s first hit record as a songwriter.
Spring of 1959 legendary blues guitarist Albert Collins and Joe Hughes did their first recordings ever as artists. Albert Collins’ recorded “The Freeze” and Joe Hughes recorded his song “Make Me Dance Little Ant” .The songs were reviewed in Billboard magazine. “The Freeze” is now a popular blues standard.
1958- D Records began operation in 1958 and like Starday, they did a substantial amount of recording at Gold Star Studios. Most of their releases featured artists who lived in and around Houston and were recorded at the studio between 1958 and 1965. Most notably the legendary disc jockey from Beaumont, Texas, J.P. Richardson […]
1955– Bill Quinn purchases his first Ampex tape machine. Stereo technology enters the picture.
“Why Baby Why” was recorded entering the Billboard charts October 29, 1955 and staying on the charts for 18 weeks.
Bill Quinn recorded Eddie’s vocals for “How Does It Feel to Be the Winner” and “Too Hot to Handle” for Bob Tanner’s San Antonio-based TNT Records.