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This beautiful building, on  Second Avenue at Antoinette, became Detroit's first major recording studio in 1933.

Number 5840 had been a residence prior to it's procurement by Jimmy Siracuse and Bernie Besman.

Over the year's it has seen some famous artists pass through it's doors, including John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson and Aretha Franklin.

In 1959, with the help of a loan from his family trust, Berry Gordy Jr. bought some studio time to produce his very first Motown record. it was Marv Johnson's "Come to Me" which was later released on Tamla101.

Hitsville was purchased later that year and it is probably no coincidence that it is a similarly shaped building.

In 1966 United Sound was bought by one of Detroit's great unsung heroes, Don Davis, who produced many fantastic soul sides within these walls.

Number 5840 is due for demolition.

Can they really destroy one of America's greatest musical landmarks?

  Notes on United Sound by David from Glasgow, Scotland

UNITED SOUND STUDIO

Detroit's legend as a music recording city is well established, but the late fifties and sixties saw it rise to incredible heights with the rise of Motown Studios and the emergance of the 'Mowtown Era'.

In the year 2001, I collaborated with Motown era authority David Meikle of Glasgow Scotland to create a whole site dedicated to the era.

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