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Musical About Legendary Recording Studios Premieres At San Diego Rep

Stan Ross at the mixing board of Gold Star Recording Studios in an undated photo.
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Stan Ross at the mixing board of Gold Star Recording Studios in an undated photo.
Celebrated musicians from The Ronettes to The Ramones all recorded songs at Phil Spector's Gold Star Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Those stories are told in a world premiere musical now playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Recording music is a whole lot easier now than it used to be. A quiet room, some good software and editing apps and you’re on your way.

That’s not the way it was back in the day of Gold Star Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Technicians worked with some of the biggest names in music to roll out hit after hit, creating each performer's unique sound.

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Students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts perform in "33 1/3 – House of Dreams," in an undated photo.
Jim Carmody
Students from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts perform in "33 1/3 – House of Dreams," in an undated photo.

Gold Star is the studio where Phil Spector developed his famous "Wall of Sound." The Ronettes recorded "Be My Baby" and The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations."

Gold Star is also the studio that’s at the center of a world-premiere musical now playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.

Brad Ross, the son of Gold Star co-founder Stan Ross, and his friend Jon Rosenberg, the two San Diegans behind, “33 1/3 - House of Dreams,” joined Midday Edition Wednesday to talk about the musical and its inspiration.

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