Whilst based at East Forrest, West used Bristoe Bryant's
studio at 93 East Alexandrine as it was within
easy reach, just a few hundred metres north, off Woodward.
The studio was in the basement and Music City record store was on the
ground level. Bristoe was also a disc
jockey on radio station WJLB, which means there was possibly
much to be achieved by making recordings there.
Also using the studio were Berry and Raynoma. Raynoma recalls
paying $10 per hour studio time and $10 for radio advertising.
In August 1959 Bristoe's recording equipment found it's way to
the new Hitsville studio on West Grand Boulevard.
The matrix number on some of the Flick/Contour/Bumble Bee 45's are
preceded by the letter 'S' as per the above label scan.
Ron Murphy explains. "The letter 'S' is for Sheldon
Records in Chicago. When they received a tape from a record
company which did not bear a matrix number Sheldon would
By 1961, they were pressing so many Detroit 45's that they
eventually changed the prefix to 'D' to highlight that it was
a Detroit recording.
I visited Sheldon in 1966 and again in 1969. They had a nice
set up, all in-house, from the lathe to cut master records,
printing labels, pressing machines and recording studios too.
In my opinion they cut the best sounding records of those
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