Doyle Jones, SugarHill’s Hit Making Engineer In the ’60s, Passes Away

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Producer and former SugarHill/Gold Star owner Huey Meaux (left) and Doyle Jones seated behind the studio’s console in the summer of 1965 with the Dawgs (at right).

SugarHill Recording Studios of Houston, Texas recently lost one of its most prolific engineers in its 65 years in business. Doyle Jones was an engineer at SugarHill—then called Gold Star Studios—from December 1964 to January 1966 and recorded a string of hits during his recording career.

Some of the hits Jones engineered at SugarHill/Gold Star include the Sir Douglas Quintet’s self-titled debut album, which includes the group’s 1965 single “She’s About a Mover.” Jones also worked on Roy Head and The Traits’ 1965 smash hit “Treat Her Right,” the Pozo Seco Singers single “Time,” Clifton Chenier’s first album and Gaylan Latimer and the Dawgs’ first album.

After leaving SugarHill/Gold Star, Jones opened his own recording studio, Jones Recording, and recorded a number of hit records up to 1973, including Archie Bell and the Drells’ “Tighten Up.”

Between 1973 and early 1974, Jones shut down his studio and converted it to a cassette duplicating house, which eventually became Jones CD Duplication.

Jones’ extensive tape library was recently transported to SugarHill Recording Studios for storage.

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