This is a great site! Thanks for keeping the memories alive.... -- Jerimaya Grabher
Thanks so much for keeping in touch and keeping so many of us in the loop! I couldn't agree more that A&M's biggest 'hit' is the legacy of warm comraderie and real friendship that our collective years there engendered. -- Cheryl McEnaney
Great site I just stumbled across, would appreciate my 'all access pass'. -- Jimmy Zisson, General Manager of A&M Records, New York
Your knowledge and research is both amazing, and from what I viewed, about 98% accurate. -- Randy Alpert (Capt. Badazz)
Clyde Kaplan, Engineer, A&M Studios -- Thanks for putting together this great website about A&M Records.
Wow, what an incredible site you've created! I can't believe you have not only the names of the Carpenters, but of even the real carpenters like the La Prell twins, etc. -- Jim McCrary, Photographer
Fantastic Site! Great Work! -- Jean Pierre Guilbert, V.P. Promotion & Artist Development (A&M Canada)
I was just talking to Derek Alpert today...and we had a blast pawing around on this website together. I think it's so cool that you did this! -- Doreen Ringer-Ross
Thank you so much!! I love the A&M site. -- Toni Tennille
I love that you're keeping our history alive. -- Mary Ann Johnson, Artist Relations
I have nothing but positive things to say about you and what you have done to help keep alive the spirit of A&M. -- Al Marks (Promotion, Artist Development)
You sure have a buzz going. I've had 3 emails from A&Mers today alone. Good luck! -- Andy French, Director, Artist Relations & Artist Development
This is totally great. Brings back great memories of my years in Canada. -- Charly Prevost
Thanks for making the site and I'll be checking in to see what's happenin'. -- Richard Cottrell
Your site is being passed around and mentioned to all ex A&M employees. Your site is great and I'd love to be a part. Thanks for your time and good luck. -- Joe James, Technical Manager, A&M Studios
The website is Great! It really took me back down memory lane. Keep up the good work and thank you! -- Janice Hague, International Promotions Manager, A&M Records GB
I love the website! -- Jewell Kumjian, A&M Studios Concierge
Thanks for this ambitious and remarkable site. Just bouncing around inside the site the other day brought back so many really wonderful memories of the time and place and people when magic was possible and all lights were green. -- Corb Donohue, National Director of Public Relations
It's a pretty interesting looking site and I'll check it out further. -- Robin Kirby, Western Regional Sales/Marketing Director
Going through this site reminded me of what I loved about working for A&M. -- Colin Sowa
Your website is absolutely ACE ACE ACE!!! It is great to see real top work and dedication towards a label that meant so much to many. -- Jay Schatz / Chris Skane, A&R / A&M Associated Labels
Thanks so much Les. It's really an amazing site. -- Janette Rogers Sarabia, Director of Artist Relations
Congratulations on your internet site. I would like to be included on your staff list as I worked for A&M in Toronto and London. -- France Tetreault-Thomson, Assistant A&R
Thanks for doing such epic work on the site. Salut! -- Max Hutchinson
...very fun to see this....Many thanks for your efforts....Best -- Juliea 'Jools' Clarke
Charlie Chaplin bought a five acre property at the corner of Sunset and LaBrea Avenues in late 1917. The property extended south to De Longpre. The northern part of the property included Chaplin's home, a guest house, tennis courts and riding stables. South of the gate, Chaplin built his movie studio. He opened the Charlie Chaplin Movie Studio in 1918. The stucco facades on La Brea Avenue, pictured below, were designed by the Milwaukee Building Company (Meyer & Holler) and were built in 1917-1918.
The backlot of the Chaplin studio was in the center part of the property where movie sets were built. At the southern end of the property were two open-air stages, dressing rooms, film vault and carpentry shed. The stages were eventually enclosed.
In 1952, Chaplin sold the northern part of the property to Safeway Stores. The house, tennis courts, stable gave way to a grocery store. The following year, Chaplin sold his movie studio to Webb and Knapp. They leased it to King Studios for television productions.
In the 1950s, the television series "The Adventures of Superman" was filmed on the soundstages. In 1958, comedian Red Skelton purchased the property and used it for his weekly television show. In 1962, Skelton sold the facility to CBS and it became the home of the "Perry Mason" series from 1962-1966.
In November 1966, Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss and their 32 employees moved onto the lot and made it A&M Records headquarters for the next 33 years. They bought the property outright paying $1 million in cash. A&M inherited one large soundstage and two smaller ones that had been significantly upgraded by Skelton and CBS. A&M converted the two smaller soundstages into the A&M Studios.
You can see the changes to the property in the blue prints below.
As you look at A&M Records front gate, you see the corner of the Chaplin home under the A&M sign. The large brick building inside the gate became A&M Studios. The photo of the Executive Offices shows the exterior of Chaplin's home.
In Charlie Chaplin's day, Dave Alpert's Building served as the studio infirmary. A&M Records' Artist Development occupied the film cutting room for the "Perry Mason" television program, and A&M's Publicity Department was actress Barbara Hale's dressing room when she worked on "Perry Mason."
The Charlie Chaplin Soundstage carried on its legacy as a home for major film, television, video and music events under A&M Records. All of the Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass television specials were partially filmed on the soundstage. The carpenters with the 105-piece Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra recorded "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" on the soundstage before an audience of music journalists. The soundstage was also used for recording rehearsals and tour rehearsals, including the tour for Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela recorded a concert on the soundstage that was simulcast on radio in Los Angeles.
Long before music videos rose to popularity in the 1980s, A&M artists were filmed on the soundstage for promotional films. Artists who filmed videos on the soundstage include Janet Jackson and The Police. The soundstage was also used for artist showcases, listening parties, promotional functions, A&M sales meetings, and A&M Christmas parties.