Beatty stands proud outside his new facility at 6072 14th
had learned a lot at Golden World and was ready to put his
new experience to the test at a new studio which was being
opened by local entrepreneur Lou Beatty.
lived on Lasalle Street near the Boulevard and was a successful
business man owning construction companies and motels in
various parts of the city. He even owned a motel right across
the street from his new La Beat studio.
motel provided temporary accommodation for some La Beat
is feasible that Lou took an interest in the recording industry
as his sons, Chris and Lou Jr, were working on commercials at the time.
to get the studio off the ground, Beatty formed a partnership
with James Hendrix who was already running the Carrie label
in Detroit after founding it in his home town of Nashville.
moved to Detroit in 1959, Hendrix was also issuing material
on The Arabians, Clifford Binns, Cornell Blakely and others
from the Motor City.
Fred recalls that Hendrix was a low key figure at La Beat
and didn't have much to say.
first met Lou Beatty somewhere between 1965 and 1966, possibly
through legendary jazz pianist, Teddy Harris Sr.
had this new place on 14th street, just a block
away from my upstairs flat which was sitting close
by at 6063 15th .
just went around and introduced myself. That was my style,
I had confidence man and felt that my talent and experience
could get me in anywhere. I just needed the chance to show
what I could do.
investment was a large 4 family building at number 6070-6076
14th Street. He soon converted it into a studio,
an office and several rehearsal rooms. Most rooms upstairs
were furnished with a piano while downstairs was converted
into a recording studio and control room.
the studio was a horrible job because it was in the front
room where large windows were a prominent feature. To make
matters worse we were on ground level, with traffic laden
14th Street only a few feet away!
soon found an answer to that however and sent me to a studio
in Chicago which had equipment, special EQ, capable of removing
car sounds from recordings! I think I had to do that to most
of Beatty’s catalogue.
would also do the mixing there.”
of the studios used by La Beat in Chicago
someone who new the industry well, Lou then contacted Teddy
Harris Snr who had experience of running a Publishing Company.
Harris Snr ran Beatty’s Publishing Company, copied
the tunes for the labels and was like an overseer.
then joined the company as Producer grass roots and became
Beatty’s musical advisor. Teddy was my boss but he
gave me a free hand and trusted my judgement. I would oversee
the session even telling the arranger what to do so that
their role was purely to write down the notes for the musicians.
musicians soon began hanging around the studio and Beatty
gave them a job and some accommodation in the motel. He gave
them the name La Beat Production Team (LPT for short). They
were Johnny Mills on drums, Billy McCoo on bass, Curtis Trusell
on guitar and myself on piano. John Glover was also playing
bass on occasion.
was in that studio 7 days a week."