A Night At Le Bar Bat Jon Hammond Late Rent Session Men MUSICIANS: Chuggy Carter Barry Finnerty James Preston Alex Foster Jon Hammond Joe Berger - Camera / Mix https://jonhammondband.com Formerly Mediasound Studios NYC - Bob Clearmountain, Godfrey Diamond, Michael Barbiero, Michael Delugg, Harvey Goldberg, Joe Ferla, Jeff Lesser, Alec Head, Bill Stein, Ron Saint Germain, Michael Brauer, Don Wershba, Ed Stasium, Gregg Mann, Carl Beatty, Kol Marshall, Lincoln Clapp, Joe Jorgensen, Alan Varner, Doug Epstein, Liz Saron, Trudy Schroder, Ramona Janquitto, Ron Dante, Charlie Calello, Tony Bongiovi — these are just some of the names that became the nucleus of Mediasound.
In New York City, from the close of the ’60s through the birth and death of disco, Mediasound was a hit machine. Founded by Harry Hirsch, with assistance from Bob Walters and financial/business backing from owners Joel Roseman and the late John Roberts, Mediasound opened in June 1969 at 311 West 57th St. in the heart of Manhattan. Once home to the Manhattan Baptist Church, today the site is occupied by Providence (formerly the trendy Le Bar Bat), where you can still see the Gold Records on the wall.
I put Barry Finnerty's old guitar case that came with his Gibson Johnny Smith guitar in front of the AFM Local 6 musicians union on 9th street - it was shot - to see how long it would take 'til somebody walked with it: 5 minutes. Maybe it's still kicking around the Tenderloin in San Francisco, California somewhere ha hah - that g'tar case had seen plenty of action since high school days - Jon Hammond