Hollywood's Capitol Studios, which has hosted acts from Beastie Boys to The Beach Boys, lets in the public for its birthday this month.
Hollywood's iconic Capitol Studios opened in 1956 with Frank Sinatra conducting the orchestra for his Tone Poems of Color album. While millions have enjoyed the music made in the famed wood-paneled studios by artists ranging from The Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, few have stepped inside. On May 21 and 22, Capitol Studios will open its door to the public for tours to commemorate its 60th anniversary. Billboard talked with vice president Paula Salvatore, who has run the studio since 1990.
What is your most memorable session?
Frank Sinatra's Duets [in 1993]. We had to put him in the middle of an orchestra because he didn't want to be in the [vocal] booth. So we built a nice booth within the band and put a roof on it, but he said, "I'm not going in there," and left. [Producer] Phil Ramone had to coerce him to come back. I wrote in my schedule: "It's Frank's world. We just live in it."