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Christopher Stone
1935-2016
Godfather of the Modern Recording Studio

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"Our sincere condolences to the family of Chris Stone who passed away this past weekend. Chris was the owner of Record Plant Studios and was extremely influential in my career and my personal life. When I was at my lowest point Chris showed me some tough love by yelling at me to "Come out of those Berkeley hills clouds and get in the business or get out; the business is in LA!!!" He had never yelled at me and it was what I needed to motivate me to clean up and jump start my career in LA. He opened up his home to me and gave me 24 hour access to Record Plant LA where I wound up doing many sessions with the famous artists who recorded there. I got sober in LA and my life changed for the better and Chris was the rock I was privileged to lean on so many times during those years. He was a bigger than life, one of a kind, guy and he will be missed by many.

Emilio Castillo - Bandleader for Tower of Power


Chris Stone, a founding partner in the legendary Record Plant recording studios and leading figure in the music recording industry for nearly 50 years, suffered a heart attack and massive stroke and died on September 10 at the age of 81. Stone was born in 1935 in San Francisco, the son of a fourth generation Gold Rush entrepreneur. After earning his MBA at UCLA, he worked his way up to a top-marketing position with Revlon in New York City where he and top recording engineer Gary Kellgren met by chance. With a $100,000 investment, in 1968 they built the first Record Plant Recording Studio on West 44th St. in NYC. Record Plant LA followed in 1969 and Record Plant Sausalito in 1971. Stone was an innovative music industry executive with a list of credits that included hit records, films and leading music service businesses and professional associations.

Gary Kellgren and Chris Stone transformed the music recording studio into a comfortable, creative and collaborative environment and, at the same time, introduced the newest multitrack, acoustical and mixing technologies. Kellgren was the visionary designer and engineering force behind the partnership; Chris Stone was the MBA business-brains of the operation. It all started with Jimi Hendrix, Traffic and the Woodstock live album, then went on to include such legendary remotes as “The Concert for Bangladesh” and the "Rumble in the Jungle" – hitting historic heights in the mid-70s with Stevie Wonder: “Songs in the Key of Life,” “Fleetwood Mac: “Rumours,” and the Eagles: “Hotel California.”

The shining jewel of his accomplishments, the Record Plant provided audio recording services for the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the individual Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Guns & Roses, Whitney Houston, Billy Idol, Motley Cru, Prince, Chicago, and Barbra Streisand, among many others. Stone sold the facility in 1989 to Beatles producer George Martin/Chrysalis Records and today under new management the Record Plant still remains one of the leading facilities in the world.

Hundreds of hit records, producers, engineers, musicians, studio designers, and record industry executives can trace their roots to the real "Hotel California," as many now call it. The history of the Record Plant that Kellgren and Stone “invented” is the subject of an oral history, a book, a documentary and feature film initiative now being conducted by the Record Plant Diaries Project, a project which Stone helped launch.

With Grammy-winning recording engineer/producer Ed Cherney, Stone was Co- Founder and Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild of the Americas 1997-1999, a non-profit guild for leading audio engineers and music producers that was merged into The Recording Academy as the present day Producers & Engineers Wing. Stone was also a co-founder and former president and chairman of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS) 1979-1989.

In 1992, Stone was founder and CEO of the World Studio Group, which serviced the elite of the recording industry, facilitating projects for his clients in 30 premier recording studios around the world. Stone was also the founder of Filmsonix Inc. (1987), a recording industry consulting firm, which globally serviced record labels, pro audio manufacturers and recording studios of the industry.

After the sale of Record Plant, Mr. Stone served as a reorganization consultant for Motown Records, L.P. After the conclusion of the Motown assignment, he was retained extensively as a marketing and financial consultant to provide new diversification and marketing plans for both international and domestic audio recording facilities and professional equipment manufacturers. As an example, he served as operations consultant for “Jazz at Lincoln Center,” providing guidance and services for the integration of recording studios into their facilities at Columbus Circle in New York City. Mr. Stone was also involved in many films and live events, including Flashdance, Star Trek, the Oscars, the Grammys, and the original Woodstock festival. He was the Associate Producer for audio productions of Woodstock ‘94 for A&M Records. As Record Plant Scoring, Inc. he operated the film scoring stage and the ADR stage at Paramount Pictures (Stage M) from 1983 to 1989, at which time it was returned to Paramount Pictures corporate operation.

 

 

Marcus Scott

Marcus Scott is from Memphis, Tennesee and has been fascinated with music, especially soul music, since he was a child. Marcus replaced Ray Greene in April of 2016 and has started a new chapter with Tower of Power. Well known in the Memphis music scene and beyond, Marcus is eager to write his own story with Tower of Power as he takes his position as the lead vocalist with the band. A few words from Marcus:

"Singing with Tower Of Power is simply a dream come true and it fits me like a glove. I have always been known as a “Soul Man” but The T.O.P. has me singing Soul With A Capital S."


Marcus Scott began his musical journey with Tower of Power in April of 2016.

For Marcus Scott's complete biography, please click here.



NEW SOLO CD By Jerry Cortez

Tower Of Power guitarist Jerry Cortez has a new solo CD entitled, From The Ground Up. The CD was recorded with the help of some fine musicians and background singers from London, Nashville, San Francisco and Seattle. The CD can be ordered from Amazon. It is also available at Tower Of Power live shows.

Here is a Youtube link that offers a short sample of each track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ57zc4mIFk

The CD can be ordered from Amazon by clicking here: "From The Ground Up"