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03/14/2011

Stan Ross, a producer and engineer who co-founded Gold Star studios, famed for its 'Wall of Sound'

March 14, 2011 |  5:16 pm

Davidsgoldandstanross(3) Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood’s Gold Star Recording Studio, where producer Phil Spector perfected the innovative “Wall of Sound” technique, has died. He was 82.

Ross died Friday at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank of complications following surgery, his family said.

More than 100 Top 40 hits were recorded at Gold Star, including such Spector-produced records as  “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers and “Be My Baby" by the Ronettes.

Other hits recorded at the modest building at Santa Monica Boulevard and Vine Street included Ritchie Valens' “La Bamba,” Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues” and Iron Butterfly’s “Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida.” The Beach Boys also recorded most of their records there.

“Stan was born with a musical ear,” said David Gold, who co-founded Gold Star with Ross when both  were barely out of their teens. “He would come up with ideas for people who were recording, things that had never been tried before.”

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.

A full obituary will follow at latimes.com/obits.

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo: The founders of Gold Star Recording Studios: David Gold, left, with Stan Ross, who died Friday.

 

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