Smile Recording Studios, Salford
After playing in bands & acts plus doing a solo act from 1963 - 1974. I focussed on song writing - creating a 2-track in the front room of my parents house in Arrow Street, Salford.
Many tracks were recorded there & when I got married I converted the basement of Park Avenue in Sale. People started to offer money to record there. Smile Studio was born.
I operated Smile Studio (4 x Track then 8 x track) in my basement in Sale from 1974 - 1975 when I converted a premises in Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range - Smile Recording Studios.
Initially I had 16 track then a year later went 24 Track with Soundcraft equipment. (1976-1983).
Over that period I produced over 200 records for many local bands including Salford Jets, Paul Young, Mick Colman (Brian & Michael), Alarm, Mick Hucknell (Frantic Elevators), Gerry & the Pacemakers, Denis Delight, Dougie James, Martin Hannnet, Fast Cars, Mike Canavan, Sweet Chariot, St Winifred's Choir, local soul & reggae bands, punk bands, plays for Piccadilly radio, soundtracks for BBC & Royal Exchange Theatre and many commercials.
See also Bravados (Salford Grammar School band), Some Folk, Tempo, Living Dream, Intrigue (duo with Dougie James)
Steve Foley - 30/12/11
Palm Springs recorded here as well. Your studio drum kit was truly shit Steve! PS several years later I played with your bruv on the Manchester Irish circuit.
John Harvey - 28/6/12
Steve...I recorded there with Michael Kirk..you showed me "country licks" on the piano....used them ever since...thanks!
Terry Davies - 14/11/12
I recall recording 2 songs at Smile in 1974, with The Plantations. Your own song ' together We Can Make It' or something similar and 'House Party'. I still have the cassette tape!! The bass sound you got from the Vox Cab facing the corner was superb!
Btw still in touch with Eddie and Eve..-:)
Tony Lingard - 18/11/12