Henson Recording Studios

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Henson Recording Studios
Chaplin Studios postcard.jpg
Postcard of Charlie Chaplin Studios, 1922
Location 1416 N. La Brea Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°5′47″N 118°20′35″W / 34.09639°N 118.34306°W / 34.09639; -118.34306Coordinates: 34°5′47″N 118°20′35″W / 34.09639°N 118.34306°W / 34.09639; -118.34306
Built 1917
Governing body Private
Designated 1969[1]
Reference no. 58
Henson Recording Studios is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Henson Recording Studios
Location of Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Henson Recording Studios - Present Day

Henson Recording Studios (originally Charlie Chaplin Studios and formerly A&M Studios) is a recording studio located in Hollywood, California. In 1966, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss bought the former Charlie Chaplin Studios from CBS to serve as a headquarters for A&M Records. A&M converted two of the old sound stages and Chaplin's swimming pool into a recording studio.[2] A 1968 profile on Alpert and Moss described their renovation of Chaplin's old studios:

"The old sound stages are in the process of being completely rebuilt into what must be the most luxurious and pleasant recording studios in the world. Chaplin's cement footprints are one of the few reminders of the past."[attribution needed]

In 1985, the USA for Africa hit single and video "We Are the World" was recorded in A&M's Studio A by a cast that included Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen. Many of the recording industry's greatest stars have recorded albums and videos at the studios, among them The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, George Harrison, Van Morrison, The Doors, Eric Clapton, Styx, The Carpenters, The Police, The Moody Blues, Oingo Boingo, Soundgarden, U2, Kiss, Tom Petty, Metallica, No Doubt, Rage Against the Machine, Dr. Dre, Daft Punk, Shakira, Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, Juanes and Justin Timberlake. It was here where Cheryl Cole recorded the fastest selling single in the UK of 2012, "Call My Name".

Music videos filmed at the lot include "Every Breath You Take" by The Police and Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters".

In February 2000, Jim Henson's children purchased the studio for $12.5 million to serve as the new home of The Jim Henson Company. The 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) facility was leased to The Jim Henson Co. under a ten-year lease and renamed "The Jim Henson Company Lot". The company decided to keep the old A&M recording studio intact, renaming it Henson Recording Studios.

In 2011, classic rock band Van Halen's comeback album, A Different Kind of Truth, was recorded in Henson Studio C with producer John Shanks. On February 1, 2012, Van Halen performed a memorable live set at Henson Studios to a celebrity-packed crowd, adding to the performance legend of the studio.[3]

Henson Recording Studios was also one of the places where punk rock band The Offspring recorded their ninth studio album Days Go By (2012) with producer Bob Rock.[4]

Seether also recorded their 2014 album, "Isolate and Medicate" at Henson Recording Studios.


  1. ^ Los Angeles Department of City Planning (February 28, 2009). Historic – Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments. City of Los Angeles. Retrieved March 2, 2000.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Alpert-Moss Combine Prepping Major Expansion Moves in 1967, Billboard
  3. ^ "Van Halen lights up Henson Studios with an hour of rock - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  4. ^ Booklet for Days Go By.

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