The Golden World Story
Willie Kendrick

Willie Kendrick in the Gold Room of the Twenty Grand
photograph courtesy of Willie Kendricks via Rob Moss

Willie Kendrick had recorded "Let Me Know" for Checker in early 1963.

Later that year, Ed and JoAnne took him to Mirasound, in New York City,  to record  "Stop This Train".

Mirasound was located in the basement of the Hotel America on 47th Street. A dining room and kitchen, in a Polynesian Restaurant, had been converted into a studio and a control room. 

This time former gospel choir leader Robert Banks, who at that stage had only minor experience of  R&B / Soul, would provide arrangements.

He would however, go on to make some great songs for the likes of  Nolan Chance and Jock Mitchell.

After Willie's recording for Golden World, there was a lull of about two and a half years before he was picked up by Jack Ashford who recorded several classic tracks on him at Pied Piper Productions.



Notes by David Meikle

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