It's About a Bass Guitar
Studio One, legend has it, began out of a disagreement between Buddy Buie and Mastersound manager Bob Richardson over recording time for Buddy's new band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section. (reprinted from Buddy's Blog) From 66 thru 69, I recorded exclusively at Master Sound Studio in the old Brookhaven school building, owned by my mentor Bill Lowery. One day I called Bob Richardson, the studio co-owner- manager and asked could I come in to cut a demo. He said "no, an ad agency has It booked" and I said "that's fine, I'll cut at another studio but I need to come by and pick up the bass". Master Sound had an old Fender bass that Emory Gordy played on all my sessions. Richardson said, “that bass doesn't leave this studio". I asked him if he was using it on the ad-agency session and he said "no, but the bass doesn't leave the studio'. I couldn't believe that after helping put his studio on the map, he'd refuse me the use of that old bass. I begged him to reconsider and he repeated, "that bass doesn't leave this studio". I never recorded another note in that studio. Armed with backing from Bill Lowery, Buddy enlisted the help of LeFevre Sound engineer, Rodney Mills to build a recording studio. Studio One was born, but what happened there is something that legends are made of--this is that story!