Atlanta studio pioneer Bob Richardson died in Stuart, Fla., on April15.
As a district sales manager for Columbia Records, Richardson’sfrequent visits to Nashville recording facilities compelled him tobuild his own studio in his Charlotte home in 1958. By 1972, hisAtlanta studio, Mastersound (a partnership with music publisher BillLowery), was one of the first to have full console automation, a JeepHarned custom-designed board, multiple 24-track synchronization andQuad mixing capability; the facility was designed by Tom Hidley andGeorge Augspurger.
During the ‘70s, Richardson remained active as an engineer,recording albums for Lobo, Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick, James Brown,Peabo Bryson and Eddy Arnold. Richardson was inducted into the GeorgiaMusic Hall of Fame in 1987; at that time, he was also the only studioowner and engineer to be included.
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