In this tiny building many
classic Golden World, Ric Tic and Wingate sides were
Berry Gordy was so impressed
by the quality of the owners output, that he bought out Ed Wingate and Joanne
Bratton in September 1966. It looks like the sale of the
Ric Tic label was delayed until 1968.
The premises then became Motown
Studio B and a blue and white sign confirming this was
painted on both sides of the building. On my first visit in 1998, I missed the sign. Thankfully my wife spotted it while
sitting in the taxi!
you can see, the elements have all but erased the evidence.
drummer, George McGregor, recalls that a sign hung across
the wall above the entrance proclaiming The Golden World
large windows sat on either side of the main door. Behind
the left hand window was the office of Joanne Bratton. At
the rear of the building, on the ground floor, was the
recording studio and control room. The ground floor also
housed Ed Wingate's office, a mastering lathe room, a tape
library and rehearsal rooms.
There was also an extension at
the back left of the building which housed the echo chamber.
Arthur Ashford, of The Precisions, recalls the employees
putting into a tin can at lunch breaks in this room!
second floor was used for storing records etc.
Wingate also used his home on Edison to administer the Ric
Tic label after the sale of Golden World to Berry Gordy.
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