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Sonny%20cuts%20rebsml Cher scholar Rob alerted me to Stan “Choo Choo” Ross’ passing with this link:

"Stan Ross, Producer and Engineer co-founded Gold Star studios, famed for its 'Wall of Sound'

Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood's Gold Star Recording Studio, where producer Phil Spector perfected the innovative “Wall of Sound" technique, has died. He was 82. Ross died Friday at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank of complications following surgery.

More than 100 Top 40 hits were recorded at Gold Star, including such Spector-produced records as “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers and “Be My Baby" by the Ronettes.

Other hits recorded at the modest building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street included Ritchie Valens' “La Bamba," Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues" and Iron Butterfly's “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida." The Beach Boys also recorded most of their records there.

“Stan was born with a musical ear," said David Gold, who co-founded Gold Star with Ross when both were barely out of their teens. “He would come up with ideas for people who were recording, things that had never been tried before.""

Pic above is credited as Stan Ross, Sonny & Reb Foster. See many S&C pics from their time at Goldstar Studios: 



Steve Kahler

As I watched the Grammy's, I was taken by those who had passed in 2011. Remembering many, I was particularly saddened by one person that I had met back in 1965. My Band "The Lyrics" recorded for ERA Records at Gold Star and Stan "Choo Choo" Ross was the A & R Man. Don Ralke (Shindig) was our arranger / producer. As I look at the old picture of the studio, it feels kinda funny that I walked through those doors. Just remembering the Great Days..Steve "Mr Soul" Kahler

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