This is a great site! Thanks for keeping the memories alive.... -- Jerimaya Grabher
Thanks so much for keeping in touch and keeping so many of us in the loop! I couldn't agree more that A&M's biggest 'hit' is the legacy of warm comraderie and real friendship that our collective years there engendered. -- Cheryl McEnaney
Great site I just stumbled across, would appreciate my 'all access pass'. -- Jimmy Zisson, General Manager of A&M Records, New York
Your knowledge and research is both amazing, and from what I viewed, about 98% accurate. -- Randy Alpert (Capt. Badazz)
Clyde Kaplan, Engineer, A&M Studios -- Thanks for putting together this great website about A&M Records.
Wow, what an incredible site you've created! I can't believe you have not only the names of the Carpenters, but of even the real carpenters like the La Prell twins, etc. -- Jim McCrary, Photographer
Fantastic Site! Great Work! -- Jean Pierre Guilbert, V.P. Promotion & Artist Development (A&M Canada)
I was just talking to Derek Alpert today...and we had a blast pawing around on this website together. I think it's so cool that you did this! -- Doreen Ringer-Ross
Thank you so much!! I love the A&M site. -- Toni Tennille
I love that you're keeping our history alive. -- Mary Ann Johnson, Artist Relations
I have nothing but positive things to say about you and what you have done to help keep alive the spirit of A&M. -- Al Marks (Promotion, Artist Development)
You sure have a buzz going. I've had 3 emails from A&Mers today alone. Good luck! -- Andy French, Director, Artist Relations & Artist Development
This is totally great. Brings back great memories of my years in Canada. -- Charly Prevost
Thanks for making the site and I'll be checking in to see what's happenin'. -- Richard Cottrell
Your site is being passed around and mentioned to all ex A&M employees. Your site is great and I'd love to be a part. Thanks for your time and good luck. -- Joe James, Technical Manager, A&M Studios
The website is Great! It really took me back down memory lane. Keep up the good work and thank you! -- Janice Hague, International Promotions Manager, A&M Records GB
I love the website! -- Jewell Kumjian, A&M Studios Concierge
Thanks for this ambitious and remarkable site. Just bouncing around inside the site the other day brought back so many really wonderful memories of the time and place and people when magic was possible and all lights were green. -- Corb Donohue, National Director of Public Relations
It's a pretty interesting looking site and I'll check it out further. -- Robin Kirby, Western Regional Sales/Marketing Director
Going through this site reminded me of what I loved about working for A&M. -- Colin Sowa
Your website is absolutely ACE ACE ACE!!! It is great to see real top work and dedication towards a label that meant so much to many. -- Jay Schatz / Chris Skane, A&R / A&M Associated Labels
Thanks so much Les. It's really an amazing site. -- Janette Rogers Sarabia, Director of Artist Relations
Congratulations on your internet site. I would like to be included on your staff list as I worked for A&M in Toronto and London. -- France Tetreault-Thomson, Assistant A&R
Thanks for doing such epic work on the site. Salut! -- Max Hutchinson
...very fun to see this....Many thanks for your efforts....Best -- Juliea 'Jools' Clarke
The size of the soundstage and its versatility lent it to be used for promotional films (the forerunner to music videos), television specials, large group recordings and tour rehearsals.
The first time the soundstage was seen on TV was in 1967 when the Tijuana Brass filmed part of its first television special there. Parts of all of the Brass specials were filmed on the soundstage.
Probably the most famous tour rehearsal held on the soundstage was Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen . In the early 1970s, George Harrison, Billy Preston and the Maharishi Orchestra rehearsed for their tour on the soundstage.
The soundstage was used for remote recording of large group projects. These included:
the quadrophonic version of Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth album;
Carpenters with the Overbudget Orchestra (Los Angeles Philharmonic) recorded "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" in front of an audience of music journalists in 1977.
In 1978, Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela's The Main Event Live album .
In 1980, the soundstage was extensively revamped. There were changes to the roof, the floor was returned to its original concrete surface, a lighting rigging system was installed, bay patch, air condition plus the addition of dressing rooms, dining areas and recreation sectors. One of the first projects after the upgrade was a live broadcast of the Yellow Magic Orchestra that was beamed to Japan's Fuji television.
Many A&M promotional films and music videos were shot on the soundstage. They include:
Carpenters "Close to You" Carpenters "Those Good Old Dreams," "Touch Me When We're Dancing" and "Beechwood 4-5789 (1981), "Every Breath You Take" by The Police in June 1983, Jeff Beck's "Ambitious" (1985), Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" (1987) Vital Signs "The Boys and Girls Are Doing It" from 1989 Weird Al Yankovic's "You Don't Love Me Anymore" (1992)
The soundstage also hosted countless listening parties for new A&M products as well as other events. One event was held in May 1993, an exhibition of art to benefit abused children. The event was free and open to the public.
Refurbished A&M Chaplin Stage Ready for 'Debut.' Sam Sutherland. Record World, November 1, 1980.