In January 1965 Doyle Jones records “She’s About a Mover” by Sir Douglas Quintet and produced by Huey P. Meaux. The song, defined a whole genre of Texmex music and was a major hit on the Billboard Charts, reaching #13. Sir Douglas Quintet were Huey Meaux’s answer to the British invasion. Sir Douglas Quintet recorded 2 more hit records and a whole album within that same year.
1965- JL Patterson forms the HSP Corporation. The company handles the activities of all the major recording engineers in Houston, notably Bill Holford, Doyle Jones, Lewis Stevenson and Burt Frilot.
1964– In August, Joe Hinton recorded a song called “Funny How Time Slips Away” on Backbeat Records. Once again, the song was written by Gold Star favorite, Willie Nelson.
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 all time.
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 a.k.a. The Big Bopper recorded “Chantilly Lace” which went up to #6 and stayed on the charts for 25 weeks. Even though the song never made it to #1, it has sold into the millions and is a gold record many times over.
The song has also just recently achieved the BMI 3 Million airplays, which is quite an achievement. It is one of the most recognizable hits in rock’n’roll history, and has appeared in countless movies.
However, J.P. was tragically killed in the historic plane crash that also took the lives of Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly in 1959.