Golden World Records

Address: 
3246 W. Davison
City: 
Detroit
Region: 
Michigan
Country: 
Detroit
Opened: 
1962
Closed: 
1968

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Golden World Records was a record label owned by Ed Wingate and Joanne Bratton (née Jackson, widow of boxing champion Johnny Bratton). The recording studio was located in Detroit, first on 11801 12th Street (Rosa Parks) and then on 3246 West Davison, within the area of the present-day Davison Freeway. A business office on some of the labels reads 4039 Buena Vista. Besides the following discography, the studio's national hits included "Oh How Happy" by Livonia's Shades of Blue. The early, pre-Motown songs by Edwin Starr (War! What is it Good For?) such as "Double-O Soul" were recorded in the Golden World studio.

The label and its subsidiaries were purchased by Berry Gordy in 1968, and folded into Gordy's Motown Record Corporation. The Golden World studio became Motown's "Studio B", working in support of the original Motown recording studio (Studio A) at Hitsville USA. Before its purchase by Gordy, the studio's recordings often included moonlighting Motown back-up musicians, including James Jamerson bass and George McGregor who was the studio percussionist.