A legendary studio

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    David Bowie is one of the many international artists who went on to record albums in the Studio Morin-Heights in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Maxime Demers

    Friday, 11 August, 2017 21:29

    Friday, 11 August, 2017 21:29

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    It is with a mixture of sadness and relief that the founder of the Studio of Morin-Heights, André Perry, learned yesterday that a fire had ravaged the mythical recording studio that hosted many of the greatest musicians in the world, including David Bowie, Sting, Cat Stevens and the Bee Gees.

    “It’s been a few years since I had done my grieving,” admitted André Perry who was the owner of the Studio during its glory years, from 1974 to 1988.

    “In a way, I’m a little relieved because the place was in a deplorable state for years. There are people who were going to rip out tiles for sale on the internet. There was graffiti on the walls. Recently, I had even told a friend that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone put out the fire. It’s finally happened. “

    A glorious past

    André Perry founded The Studio of Morin-Heights in 1974 to provide a recording studio different from those we found in Montréal and in other major cities at the time. This idea quickly attracts musicians from all over the world.

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    The Bee Gees, in the studio of André Perry

    The Bee Gees recorded the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever (1977), which has sold over 40 million copies. It is also where David Bowie created the album Tonight, released in 1984. Keith Richards, Bryan Adams, Rush, April Wine, The Police, Robert Charlebois and Paul Piché are part of the many other artists who have recorded albums at the studio in the Laurentians.

    The world’s elite

    “In the first year, we won our place among the 10 or 12 studios that were part of the world’s elite, says proudly André Perry, who adds that more than 250 million albums, recorded at Morin-Heights have been sold.

    The artists liked the fact that they could come and record with us in keeping their sound. They also liked the peace they could have in Morin-Heights. Sting liked to go to ski when he came to save. Cat Stevens loved to go for a walk without being disturb by fans. “

    According to the musician Richard Baxter, who dream of saving the studio to convert it into a museum, a part of the domain could be recovered.

    “I saw on tv that there was only the half of the studio that had burned. The most important part does not seem to have been affected. I think it is still possible to save him, ” said Mr. Baxter, who is trying to raise funds for his project.


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