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Grosvenor Road Studios

Grosvenor Road Studios is the home of Black Voices, the internationally renowned gospel group.

Formerly known as the Hollick & Taylor Studios, the building is one of the UK’s best-kept musical secrets.

John and Joan Taylor bought the house in 1945, converting part of it into a recording studio soon afterwards. It became known as Hollick & Taylor studios when John Taylor teamed up with Charles Hollick, a technical engineer with whom he had previously worked.

Over the following fifty years the studio would become the venue that both Noddy Holder, then in Steve Brett & The Mavericks, and John Bonham, the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer, were first captured on vinyl. Gerry Anderson would record the sound effects for Thunderbirds Are Go, Stingray, Fireball XL and other TV shows. The effects were often improvised by Joan Taylor, placing her in a small group of woman at the forefront of electronic music and sound affects. It was also the recording studio during the halcyon days of Brumbeat in the mid-60s hosting everyone and anyone from, the Mavericks, the Move (who provided BBC Radio 1 with their first aired record), the Fortunes, the Rockin’ Berries, Pat Wayne & The Beachcombers, the Applejacks, Spencer Davis, The Moody Blues and Jeff Lynne and Bonham’s band, The Senators.

The studio has been changed and refurbished several times over the past sixty years, adapting to suit the demands of the music industry and accommodating new changes in technology.

Following the death of Charles Hollick, the studio changed its name to Grosvenor Recording Studio Complex and continued producing high quality recordings until the beginning of the 21st Century.

As it stands today, Grosvenor Road Studios houses one of the largest recording studios in the Midlands. Acoustically treated and fit for a solo or orchestral performance, the studio can set up to 50 people.

The latest development project is the conversion of the extensive gardens to create a garden for local children and their families. The garden has a theme of music be the food of love…

Outlaw Sound Studio

Legendary recording studio set up and run by Phil Savage, up by Five Ways, Outlaw played host to the great and the good of Birmingham music from the late 70’s and 80’s: Duran Duran, The Killjoys, Fashion, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Blue Ox Babes, Fine Young Cannibals, Eclipse, Black Sabbath, you name it, they were here.

I’m now seeking a definitive list of musicians who recorded here and a complete discography of records that come out of Outlaw. Can you help?

First one up is Fashion and their debut singe Steady Eddie Steady/ Killing Time Thanks to Ron Brinsdon for sending these into the archive.

 

 

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