Cello Studios

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Cello Studios was a legendary recording facility in Los Angeles, California. It is currently known as Eastwest Studios.


Formerly known as Western Recording, Cello Studios was located at 6000 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It has seen the creation of many songs and albums of popular music, particularly rock and roll.

From a news article at SoundsOnline:

According to the RIAA the studio complex has received more Gold and Platinum records, and more engineering awards, than any other studio in the world. It was recently one of only 15 studios featured in the book "Temples of Sound".

The large studio complex includes six studios that are famous for their acoustics. In addition, the complex has a mic and equipment collection that is the envy of the industry.

The studio complex was built in the 60's by the legendary Bill Putnam, with funding from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, who started Reprise records there and recorded many hits in Studio 1, which is large enough to hold a 70 piece orchestra.

In the beginning artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mercer and Ray Charles were recording the hits of the day. Sinatra classics such as, "Strangers In The Night" and "That's Life" were recorded in Studio 1, and The Beach Boys' legendary Pet Sounds album, which was the inspiration for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album, was recorded in Studio 3. The Mamas and Papas "California Dreamin", "Monday Monday", and Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco" were recorded in Studio 3. Elvis Presley recorded his 1968 Christmas special in Studio 1. Famous themes for film and television were recorded here including the "MASH" theme, "Mission Impossible" theme, "Hawaii Five-O" theme, "Beverly Hillbillies" theme, "The Godfather" Theme, plus much of the "Monkees" and "Partridge Family" television series.

Unfortunately, Cello filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan 28th, 2005, which meant the reorganization and liquidation of assets, both land and gear. It was reported at the time that an offer for $4 million was rejected. Most pundits at the time agreed that the fate of the legendary studios might lay in the hands of the wrong developer and creditors who have little regard for such a musical landmark.

The studios were eventually purchased in 2006 by Eastwest, and after an extensive renovation, are now known as Eastwest Studios. Much to the chagrin of many music fans and historians, Eastwest sold a lot of the vintage equipment previously housed at the studios, and incorporated more current, "state of the art" technology.

Weezer at Cello

Weezer recorded at Cello a number of times, including sessions for The Green Album, Maladroit, and Make Believe, as well as the late 2000 Green Album Demos and late 2001 Cello Demos.

List of groups that have recorded at Cello

From the aforementioned SoundsOnline article:

It would be impossible to name all the musical royalty who have worked at EASTWEST STUDIOS during the past fifty years, but some are (in alphabetical order): Christina Aguilera, Herb Albert, America, Paul Anka, Fiona Apple, Audioslave, Franky Avalon, Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, Blondie, Buffalo Springfield, Burt Bacharach, The Beach Boys, Blink 182, Glen Campbell, Canned Heat, Vickie Carr, Carpenters, Johnny Cash, David Cassidy, Ray Charles, Chicago, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Count Basie & Orchestra, Eric Clapton, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Ornette Coleman, Duane Eddy, Jan & Dean, John Coltrane, Petula Clark, Joe Cocker, Sam Cooke, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jnr, Jackie DeShannon, Duke Ellington, Neil Diamond, Fifth Dimension, Bob Dylan, Ellla Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman Big Band, Grateful Dead, Grass Roots, Green Day, Guess Who, Lani Hall, Herbie Hancock, Don Ho, Whitney Houston, Howlin’ Wolf, Janis Ian, Ike & Tina Turner, Incubus, Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Stan Keaton, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Franky Laine, K.D. Lang, Avril Laverne, Michel LeGrand, Peggy Lee, Little Feat, Trini Lopez, Madonna, Mamas & the Papas, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Meatloaf, Sergio Mendez & Brazil 66, Metallica, Johnny Mercer, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Scott McKenzie, Natalie Merchant, Bette Midler, Monkees, Alanis Morrissette, Motley Crue, Muse, Rick Nelson, Willie Nelson, Wayne Newton, Harry Nilsson, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Ozzy Osborne, Partridge Family, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, Billy Preston, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Reddy, R.E.M., Nelson Riddle, Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Santana, Jimmy Smith, Sonny & Cher, Phil Spector, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kenny Rogers, Rolling Stones, Ronnie & the Ronettes, Tom Scott, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Pointer Sisters, Bruce Springsteen, Steppenwolf, Rod Stewart, Mathew Sweet, Ronnie & the Ronnettes, Dianna Ross, Stone Temple Pilots, Barbra Streisand, System of a Down, Temptations, The Animals, The Association, The Four Tops, The Go-Gos, The Kingston Trio, The O’Jays, The Vines, Mel Torme, Richie Valens, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Tool, The Turtles, Sarah Vaughn, Jimmy Webb, Weezer, Andy Williams, Nancy Wilson, and Frank Zappa.

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