Harry Smith Recording

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Harry Smith Recording was the first independent recording studio on the east coast of the United States,[1] founded in the 1930s by Harry Smith, a former recording engineer for Brunswick Records.[2] The studio was located at 2 West 46th Street in New York City, and was taken over in 1944 by Fred Hall and Chuck Phillips.[3]

Frank Sinatra made his first recording at Harry Smith Recording, an unreleased version of the song, "Our Love".[4]

The studio ran a recording service for radio personalities, radio stations, and radio performers who wanted to record their live radio performances. This service at this time was mechanically fixed (sound cut into a wax type of record) onto a '78 styled disk record.


  1. ^ Buskin, Richard (1999). Insidetracks: a first-hand history of popular music from the world's greatest record producers and engineers. Spike. p. 81. ISBN 9780380807451. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (July 13, 2002). "Al Schmitt: Four Decades Of Grammy Hits". Billboard. p. 47. 
  3. ^ "Hall and Phillips, New Recording Firm". Billboard. August 26, 1944. p. 16. 
  4. ^ Granata, Charles L. (2003). Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording. Chicago Review Press. p. 3. ISBN 9781556525094. 

Coordinates: 40°45′22″N 73°58′46″W / 40.756244°N 73.979567°W / 40.756244; -73.979567