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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Reavis Recording Studio

Someone asked me about Joe Reavis' Recording Studios recently but I lost contact information to that person, unfortunately. I hope he or she is reading this little piece now and that this is some useful information. If anyone out there has more knowledge about this little recording studio, feel free to pass it along.

Joe A. Reavis, Jr. was the owner of "Reavis Recording" on 2014 Beech Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Bo Berglind, the studio was active at least since late 1955. Information on Reavis and his venture is scarce and confusing. Buzz Cason recalled in his autobiography "Living the Rock'n'Roll Dream" that the studio was operated by Kenny Marlow by 1958, a young attorney, and songwriter Gary Walker, who changed the name of the facility to "Fidelity." Apparently, Bobby Russell and the Impollos recorded their "She's Gonna Be Sorry" b/w "The Raven" (Felsted 45-8520) that year there under the new ownership. 

However, Billboard reported on April 25, 1960, that Murray Nash purchased the studio from Joe Reavis (!). Nash renamed it "Recording of Nashville" and operated his labels like Do-Ra-Me, MusiCenter and onthers out of it. By 1964, Nash had given up working in the music industry and probably sold the studio to whomever.

Buzz Cason remembered the studio: 
[...]  I will always be thankful for the people I met at that rat hole of a facility and the life-changing events that transpired in those early days of recorded music in Nashville long before there was a Music Row. [...]

"The Walls Came Tumblin' Down" and "That's What Children Are For" on a 45rpm
acetate recorded at Reavis Recording Studio. The artists on this disc are unidentified.

 "Lord's Prayer" by Barbara Redden on a 78rpm acetate. The backside of this
record is blank.

Further reading on Do-Ra-Me, see here.

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