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The Hit Factory was a recording studio in New York City famous for its clientele. A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

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History

In 1999, The Hit Factory purchased Criteria Recording and in March 2005 moved the facility to Miami, Florida under the new name Hit Factory Criteria. It was purchased from Jerry Ragovoy by Edward Germano on March 6, 1975. From 1989 to 1993, the company also operated The Hit Factory London. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... ← - 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in March • 31 – Terri Schiavo • 30 – Mitch Hedberg • 29 – Johnnie Cochran • 27 – Wilfred Bigelow • 26 – Paul Hester • 26 – James Callaghan • 21 – Jeff Weise • 21 – Bobby Short • 19 – John De Lorean • 18 – Gary Bertini • 17 – George F... For other uses, see Miami (disambiguation). ... Jerry Ragovoy was an American composer and record producer. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


On July 24, 2002, it opened Studios 6 and 7, complete with Solid State Logic 80-input XL boards. Each Studio contains a 48-channel Pro Tools MIXPlus system, a Sony 3348 HR, two Studer A827s, and outboard racks tailored for surround mixing. is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation which integrates hardware and software, widely used by professionals in music production, post production, TV and film scoring. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $68. ...


After Germano's death in 2003, the business was taken over by his wife Janice Germano. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hit Factory was officially closed for business April 1st 2005. Speculation about the current state of the music and recording industry led many to believe that The Hit Factory closed due to a lack of business being generated. However, It was widely known within the building prior to the closing date that The Hit Factory had in fact had some of it's best months on record. The NY Daily news concluded at the end of their article entitled "The Sound of Silence at Studio" that "Big-name studios like The Hit Factory once had a lock on the recording industry, but technological advances have made it cheaper and easier for stars to build their own state-of-the-art facilities, often in their homes. In a statement, The Hit Factory acknowledged the industry is moving away from large-scale studios to "destination" locations like Miami that offer sunny weather and a hot nightlife."


Troy Germano (CEO and son of owner Edward Germano) reported to the NY Post within days of the original press release that in fact any rumors about the "digital age" or a lack of business were false rumors and that the studio had closed directly due to the actions of his mother, Janice Germano.


In December 2006 Stribling and Assocs, a New York real-estate broker, began marketing The Hit Factory as a luxury condominium. Twenty-seven loft-style apartments went on sale, including six duplexes. Prices started at about $1 million. The developers have said that there will continue to be rehearsal space for musicians on the ground floor. The Hit Factory Condo Website


John Lennon controversy

After the death of John Lennon, on December 8, 1980, the legendary status of the hit-generating Hit Factory became even greater. Mourners and music fans around the world read accounts of the murder in newspapers on the days following the shooting, and the Hit Factory was mentioned in some of these publications. However, there is controversy as to whether he was recording at the Hit Factory or the nearby Record Plant the day he was murdered. Most publications cite the Record Plant as the location. Individuals present with John, including his producer Jack Douglas, cite the Record Plant as the studio where he spent his time recording and mixing tracks that evening.[1][2]


Notable recordings

Artists

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Albums

Songs in the Key of Life is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976 (see 1976 in music), and is widely known and confirmed as Wonders magnum opus. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko (ONO Yōko), born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American artist and musician. ... Yoko Ono chronology Double Fantasy is the comeback album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1980 initially on the newly-formed Geffen Records, and now through EMI, the distributor of all of Lennons output (including his Beatles material). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Emotional Rescue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1980. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... For other uses, see Graceland (disambiguation). ... Octavarium is the eighth full-length Dream Theater studio album, released on June 7, 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band comprised of James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, John Myung, and Jordan Rudess. ...

References

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