Hit Factory leaving NYC

Posted: February 05, 2005

NEW YORK — The Hit Factory - the famed Manhattan music studio where John Lennon spent his last hours, Bruce Springsteen laid down tracks for "Born in the U.S.A.," and Whitney Houston hit her highest notes - is shutting its doors.

Doomed by the digital revolution, the rock 'n' roll temple's owners said this week they will move their West 54th Street headquarters to a smaller facility in Miami within a month.

Music producer Jerry Ragovoy opened the studio on West 48th Street in 1968, initially as a place in the city where his own artists could record.

In 1975, he sold the place to Ed Germano, who eventually moved it to a plush 100,000-square-foot facility with seven recording rooms and five mastering suites.

Under Germano's ownership, the studio lived up to its name.

In 1994, The Hit Factory made musical history when it collected 41 Grammy nominations for songs recorded, mastered or mixed there - including Houston's soundtrack for "The Bodyguard." *

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