On Friday January 20th, during the 2006 Winter NAMM Session (Anaheim, Calif.), a panel of music industry celebrities will pay tribute to the 35th anniversary of Electric Lady Studios (New York City). This historic gathering is sponsored by the Harman Professional Group. The event will run from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Salon “F.” Event lanyards can be picked up at any of the Harman Pro Group companies (JBL, Lexicon, dbx, BSS, Crown, Soundcraft, Studer, AKG and DigiTech).
The panel, a version of which also took place during the Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York last November, brings together key people in the life and career of Hendrix and the history of Electric Lady Studios. Eddie Kramer, known for his engineering work with Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, was Electric Lady’s director of engineering from 1970 to 1974. During that time, he produced and engineered many groundbreaking records there for artists that included KISS, Peter Frampton and David Bowie. For noted studio designer, architect and acoustician John Storyk (Walters-Storyk Design Group), Electric Lady was the first of scores of recording facilities he went on to design. Producer Bob Margouleff worked at Electric Lady often and recorded several Stevie Wonder classics there. Al Kooper, producer of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Tubes, and a session musician (including recordings with Hendrix), played on numerous sessions at Electric Lady Studios. Engineer/producer Michael Frondelli, who collaborated with artists including Crowded House and Billy Idol, began his career at the studio as an assistant engineer on sessions for KISS, Ian Hunter and others. The panel will be moderated by Dan Daley, a journalist and author who covers the entertainment technology industry.
“There is so much history in that place, and this panel is an opportunity to see that legacy very much alive again,” says Kramer. “Electric Lady was more than a studio; it was, and continues to be, the embodiment of Jimi’s soul and spirit. And thanks to DigiTech and Harman Professional, we have the chance to re-create a momentous time in music history in front of an appreciative audience here in Anaheim. I know Jimi would have loved it.”
Commenting on the event, Buzz Goodwin, executive VP of sales at Harman Music Group, says, “Harman Pro is extremely proud to be sponsoring this extraordinary event paying tribute to the incredible legacy of Jimi Hendrix and Electric Lady Studios, both of which still have an enormous influence on the music world as we know it today.”