This recording studio in Denmark Street was very run down in the 1960s. It was intended for demo tapes and advertising jingles rather than master recordings.
In January 1964, five scruffy young men crowded into the tiny back room to make their first album. They recorded Not Fade Away on 10 January, other tracks later, and added a couple of obscene songs for private listening. Gene Pitney joined them with a bottle of brandy. Phil Spector sat on the stairs with the lead singer, writing the lyrics to Little by Little in 10 minutes flat. They recorded it at once.
By 4 February, the band had had enough. They completed the album in an atmosphere of bad temper and cigarette smoke and were barely talking to each other after they had finished. The album still sells.
HISTORIC LONDON: X MARKS THE SPOT. Question 19. Name the band which recorded Not Fade Away here.