like "Agent Double-O-Soul" could not be put
together without outstanding musicians.
Detroit had them
aplenty, leaving this chapter virtually impossible.
One thing's sure
however, the Funk Brothers played a big
part in putting some of these sounds together.
"Everyone who worked for us that was a Motown musician,
you had to get them at 3-4 o'clock in the morning. Berry
would have had a fit if he knew what was going on. We couldn't
have Holland/Dozier/Holland around or anything like that,
wouldn't let them work for Golden World or anywhere else for
that matter. They would get fined.
Anyway, Ed would go into the
studio and way against Joanne Jackson's wishes dish out
booze to the musicians.
I said how do
you expect those records to come out right?"
Well, turn out right
they did, and this was another simple example of Ed Wingate
being one shrewd guy. Not only did he keep the troops sweet,
he also paid their fines.
He was also
extremely generous as testified by a number of people I have
spoken to in Detroit.
Bob Babbitt has fond
memories of playing at Golden World, "I met Bob
d'Orleans for the first time at Golden World. Agent
Double-O-Soul was my first session.
One thing that stood out
about Golden World's studio, was that you
always got a great sound. The bass sound stood up there
right next to the Hitsville bass sound. It probably made
Berry Gordy nervous."
first recordings may well have been the Volkano items
associated with John Rhys. He did however play on some
classics, such as "Stop her on sight", "Real
humdinger", "Daddy O" and a significant
number of Fantastic 4 recordings.
In his excellent book,
"Guitars, bars and Motown superstars" Dennis
recalls that sessions were operating on a similar basis
to Motown. Three or four songs
per session, a session lasting for three hours and pay
running at $60 per session. Financially he felt studio work
was the way forward.
"Once I got the
call from Golden World, I was over there almost everyday
playing on sessions. We also did night sessions for
Jimmy Bishop and LaBaron Taylor and recorded for the
Reflections and other acts. Mike Theodore and I did
road arrangements for the Fantastic Four and played on 'The
whole world is a stage' amongst others. "
Our photograph on this page
shows the Don Davis Trio, which comprised George McGregor on
drums, Don Davis on guitar and Clarence McLoud on keyboards.
As well as engineering and
producing, Don was also playing guitar on some Golden World
sessions. Apparently Davis's work was paid in studio time
which allowed him to work on recordings for his own label.
George was a regular feature too. He was also a
talented songwriter and producer turning out songs like
"Mr Soul Satisfaction" for Timmy Willis on Sidra/Veep
after leaving Golden World.
These three guys would also
write and produce the San Remo Golden Strings, "I'll be
satisfied", which was released on Ric-Tic108.