"TTG" stood for "two terrible guys." The studio was first established in 1965 at 1441 North McCadden Place near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Due to its high decibel level threshold, their studio became popular with the up-and-coming musicians rock musicians of that time, including The Monkees, Eric Burdon, Frank Zappa with The Mothers of Invention, and Alice Cooper. Burdon introduced Jimi Hendrix to the studio and Hendrix "raved" about the studio's sound. Some parts of The Velvet Underground & Nico were recorded at TTG in May 1966.
TTG Studios' co-founder was Tom Hidley. He was born May 27, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. As a teen, he spent long hours playing the saxophone, clarinet, and flute, until ordered to cease by his physician after a physical breakdown. He then turned to non-performance aspects of music, and spend nights recording at clubs and days working at loudspeaker and tape-machine companies.
In 1959, "Madman Muntz" hired Hidley to assist in the development of the first car stereo. Among the first to own a Muntz car stereo was Frank Sinatra, the famous singer and actor. Through Sinatra's purchase, Hidley became known to a Sinatra associate Val Valentin, who invited Hildley to assist in the building of a new recording studio in New York. In 1962, they built the MGM/Verve studio. In 1964, Phil Ramone hired Hidley to work at his A&R studio as the audio technical manager. Also employed at that time by A&R was Ami Hadani.
Little is known about the other TTG co-founder, Ami Hadani, who also went by the name Omi Hadan. According to Bruce Botnick, Hadani was a General in the Israeli Air Force, and had to leave for weeks at a time when Israel was at war. Ami died in September 2014 in Los Angeles.
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