Memories of 57th Street in the ’70s

Being part of London Records, Inc. at the height of the British Wave of music was an incredibly creative and formative time for me. Working with such artists as The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Dave Edmunds, Engelbert Humperdinck, John Mayall and so many others has filled enough memory buckets to last beyond a lifetime.

313My twenties found a home on West 57th Street in New York City.  My very first apartment at 313 West 57th Street had entertained such notables as Tony Clarke, producer of The Moody Blues, Billy Davis, Jr. of The Fifth Dimension, ZZ Top producer Bill Hamm, hit singer-songwriter Leslie Pearl, producer Charles Greene of Buffalo Springfield and Iron Butterfly fame, and so many others.

In the morning I could count on going downstairs to the Blue Jay Diner next door to the west side of my building for a great cup of coffee and eggs over easy. On the other east side of my front door was Media Sound Studios at 311 West 57th Street where I spent the majority of my time when not at the London Records offices at 539 West 25th Street.

Joel Rosenman, who conceived and co-created the Woodstock Festival in 1969 with business partner John Roberts based on a business proposal by Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld.  converted what was originally the Manhattan Baptist Church into the powerhouse recording studio of the ’70s. Media Sound gave birth to Gloria Gaynor’s “Never Can Say Goodbye, ” Barry Manilow’s  “Mandy,” Pat Benatar’s “Crimes of Passion” and artists the likes of Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Frankie Valli, Nancy Sinatra, Englebert Humperdinck, the Rolling Stones, Ben E. King, Stevie Wonder, the list is almost endless.

For 10-years that one block on West 57th Street was my musical world!