Monday 2 January 2017


Happy birthday to the Stockport studio where Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses,10cc, and The Smiths recorded
A Stockport recording studio that welcomed Sir Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses, Neil Sedaka, 10cc, Joy Division, and The Smiths through its doors is about to be celebrated with a new exhibition.

For more than 25 years, Strawberry Studios was one of the most important recording facilities in Manchester - and one of the few in the UK outside London.
Opened initially in a 20-foot square room over a record shop in the town in 1967, and called Inner-City Studios, it found its feet as a premium spot after being taken over by Mindbenders guitarist and songwriter (and Droylsden lad) Eric Stewart and his former roadie Peter Tattersall.

Under their management, it was reborn as Strawberry Recording Studios - a tribute to The Beatles’ hit Strawberry Fields Forever - the name incorporated into law and sealed in history in October 1967
A new site on nearby Waterloo Road, and additional backing from 10cc's Graham Gouldman and music agent/promoter Kennedy Street Enterprises, turned it into the studio of the north for many artists and the home of 10cc until its closure in 1993.
Fifty years on, the work of the studios is being celebrated with a year long installation of mementos, memorabilia, and historic items that tell the tale of Strawberry’s legacy.

Strawberry Studios: I Am In Love opens at Stockport Museum on Friday January 27, 2017 and proves why the town can lay claim to some of the biggest moments in Manchester’s music history - way before its current best boys, Blossoms, came along!

Factory Records producer Martin Hannett worked on music by Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures), Durutti Column, The Stone Roses (So Young/Tell Me), A Certain Ratio, The Smiths (Hand in Glove), and Happy Mondays there.
Press coverage of Paul's time spent recording in Strawberry. He helped his brother, Mike, put a solo album together at the same time that 10cc were recording their Sheet Music album in the Studio. The photo shows Lol Creme stood at the Strawberry mixing desk next to Paul,Linda and Mike . In the article, McGear says "we chose Strawberry because it is one of the best studios in the North"
Famously, during one visit to record a number of albums, Paul was spotted singing on the doorstep by one couple at a nearby bus stop.
Children's singing group St Winifred's School Choir all trooped in to Waterloo Road, and even the local football clubs would flock to Stockport to lay down their footie anthems on vinyl. Other legendary groups who recorded at Strawberry included Godley & Creme, The Ramones, Buzzcocks, Neil Sedaka, Bay City Rollers, New Order, and James.

The exhibition, at the Market Place museum, opens Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, and runs until January 28, 2018. After the official evening launch on January 27, there'll even be chance to indulge in a Strawberry themed Friday Foodie meal, too

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