Detroit’s United Sound Systems is famous around the world for being the original recording studio in Detroit where the recordings of artists such as: John Lee Hooker, Jackie Wilson, Berry Gordy, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Seger, Parliament Funkadelic, MC5,The Dramatics and tons of others.
USS played an instrumental part in the birth of Motown as Berry Gordy recorded there before he formed Motown Records.. and the rise of Detroit Music on the gloval stage.
October 7, 2015 (Detroit, MI) – The recent historic designation of Detroit’s United Sound Systems Recording Studio – the nation’s oldest, still operating, independent recording studio – rings in a revitalized era for music production in the city.
In 2014, the Detroit Sound Conservancy (DSC), a Detroit-based nonprofit whose mission is to increase support of Detroit’s rich musical heritage through advocacy, preservation, and education, joined forces with United Sound Systems Recording Studio.
With DSC’s advocacy, the studio – which was established in the 1930s and whose storied recording history was officially designated a historic structure. This is important during a time of amplified redevelopment in the city, as it provides protection against major exterior changes to the property, and of course, demolition.
“United Sound Systems is one of Detroit’s hidden historic properties that has had a significant impact on Detroit’s music status,” says DSC’s Rebecca Binno Savage. “City of Detroit designation as a historic district brings United Sound Systems the recognition and protection it has earned.”
To commemorate the milestone and burgeoning partnership between the studio and the DSC, there will a fundraiser/celebration: 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 23 at United Sound Systems (5840 Second St., Detroit, MI 48202; 313-833-1833). Monies raised at this event will help pay for a historical marker.
The evening will include food from Mimi’s Bistro, beer from Motor City Brewing Works, music curated by Pirahnahead, and a rare chance for a private tour of the building.
“I’m excited to finally see things moving forward. This historic designation is confirmation that the hard work and dedication that everyone has provided these past years did not go unnoticed. I just want to thank everyone that contributed to bringing this dream to fruition, especially the Detroit Sound Conservancy,” says United Sound Systems’ owner, Danielle Scott.