La Beat Recording Co.

6070-6072 14th (vacant lot)

Lou Beatty was already an accomplished businessman in the construction and  hotel industries when he entered into a partnership with Carrie Record's James Hendrix in 1965.

Carrie was operating out of Nashville, and Hendrix wanted to get involved in the Detroit scene, so 6070 14th became it's base.

By 1966 Lou was operating his own La Beat Recording Company from 6072 14th. In Greg Tormo's excellent Masqueraders interview the group talk of walking down 14th and coming across a two storey house with a large picture window containing a microphone.

Ron Murphy showed me an old newspaper cutting of Lou Beatty standing outside the building. It was a beautiful white, two storey house, with twelve tall but narrow windows on the front. 

Across from La Beat, Lou owned a motel, and this was put to good use when artists and musicians were required to stay overnight.

Notes thanks to David Meikle.



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