Also Known as De Lane Lea.
Kingsway Studio was set up by the company SH Benson , an advertising agency who used the studio for jingles and voice overs. In the mid sixties it was aquired by Major Jacques De Lane Lea, a French intelligence attache for the British Government, who already had a business set up to dub English films into French.
Dave Siddle had been the studio manager under Bensons and stayed on to turn Kingsway into one of the biggest rock studios in London. The actual location was less glamorous, being in a basement under the Midland Bank.
In 1965, the studio installed a Sound Techniques desk, the first to be produced commercially for an outside studio by Sound Techniques. And it was with this desk that some of the greatest guitar sounds ever put to tape were recorded. On October 23, 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience records its first 2 songs, “Hey Joe” and “Stone Free”, at the studio. “Hey Joe” is released in England on December 16 and it reaches number 4 of the charts. The following single, “Purple Haze”, reaches number 3 and their first album, Are You Experienced?, remains close to the top of the charts in the summer of 1967.
In 1966 the studio was 4-track
|The Original Sound Techniques Desk at Kingsway|