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Recording Session


Studio Spotlight

Ardent Recording Studios

Ardent Recording Studios has been a historic destination for recording great music in Memphis, Tennessee, since 1966. This wonderful facility has hosted many legendary artists and performers throughout its rich history-- including: The Box Tops, Booker T. and the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Leon Russell, The Staple Singers, ZZ Top, Big Star, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert King, R.E.M., Robert Cray, Soundgarden, Gin Blossoms, The Jeff Healey Band, Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Bob Dylan, DC Talk, Margo Price, and The Raconteurs— and this list is just a sampling of the artists that have made their way to Memphis, Tennessee, to record there. It is a three-room facility which has an amazing and accomplished staff who are ready to record your next great performance.

The Legendary Staff at Ardent Recording Studios
The Smashing Pumpkins at Ardent Recording Studios
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James Taylor with Terry Manning at Ardent Recording Studios
The Staple Singers at Ardent Recording Studios
John Fry presents ZZ Top with their platinum records along with legendary engineer, Joe Hardy.

The following images are on the carousel of pictures above:

1. The Legendary Staff at Ardent Recording Studios-- Back (L-R): John Fry, Paul Ebersold and Jody Stephenson; Front (L-R): Jim Dickinson and John Hampton

2. The Smashing Pumpkins have recorded at Ardent Recording Studios.

3. John Fry established Ardent Recording Studios in 1966. He led the facility throughout his life and is one of the truly legendary figures in the history of popular music recording.

4. This is a picture of James Taylor working with the legendary Terry Manning as the engineer behind the console in 1971 at Ardent Recording Studios.

5. The legendary gospel, R&B and soul group, the Staple Singers recorded and mixed many of their hits in the early 1970s at Ardent Recording Studios.

6. ZZ Top would record many of their greatest hits throughout their long and storied career at Ardent Recording Studios.

7. The legendary popular music act, R.E.M. did much of the work for their ground-breaking album, Green, at Ardent Recording Studios.

8. The legendary blues guitarist, BB King, has also recorded at Ardent Recording Studios.

Each of the images appear through the courtesy of Ardent Recording Studios.

How can I listen to the great songs that were recorded at Ardent Recording Studios?

With either the Apple Music, the Spotify, or the YouTube playlist, you can listen to the music and watch the music videos from the groups and artists who were listed in the article that was written about the legendary Ardent Recording Studios. Some of the greatest and most memorable songs in the history of popular music have been recorded in this fabulous and historic Memphis, Tennessee, recording studio facility. Each playlist features a collection of just some of those great songs that have been recorded there since it opened its doors in 1966.

  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • YouTube

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Special Thanks and Acknowledgement

I would like to take a moment to thank both Mr. Keith Sykes and Mr. Jody Stephens for their assistance with this project. Ardent Recording Studios has been recording the best in popular music since it opened its doors in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1966. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful people who have worked at Ardent Recording Studios over the years who have made it a wonderful place to record great music.

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