|Reposted with permission from Rumbo Recorders|
Comfort along with a 'no pressure', creative environment in a studio was always the motto that Daryl believes enhanced he & his wife's (Toni Tennille) success in the music industry, and with the successful track records of countless other successful producers / engineers / artists that have since completed projects at Rumbo for more than two decades, the musical outflow from Rumbo speaks for itself.
- Captain & Tennille lived in a house they dubbed the "Butterscotch Castle" (which was appropriately the title of one of their songs) located on Cree Trail in the Twin Lakes area of Chatsworth. There are rumors floating around the internet that they lived in the Eagles Nest but that is incorrect. (email transcript)
- Captain & Tennille were first discovered at the Smoke House Restaurant in Encino in 1973 by Wink Martindale.
- Captain attended CSUN for 6 years but never graduated because he couldnt pass physics (here, here, and email transcript).
- Captain and Tennille performed at what was known as the North Campus of CSUN (the old Devonshire Downs, now Medtronic) for the 4th of July celebration in 1994 after the Northridge earthquake (CSUN).
- Also, in a People Magazine article titled "Year of the Dragons" from October 18, 1976, there is mention of CSUN in the article, "He chucked his traditional training ("I never got over Fats Domino and the blues") at Cal State (Northridge)"....not sure what that means.
|Reposted with permission from Rumbo Recorders|
Dramatic Changes in the recording / music industries as of the year 2000 or so, had unfortunately taken it's toll on just about all recording facilities - as well as the entire music-recording business in general; negative changes consisting mainly of what has been labeled 'internet audio-file sharing / swapping' or illegal music piracy, which had literally created a permanent 'on hold' condition in the record business - which will probably continue to stifle the industry - until the industry can figure out a 'fix' (an alternative income-earning-model) for this ongoing problem. Illegal 'pirating ' or file sharing of copyrighted music, along with record company's resulting limited artist-rosters and dwindling recording budgets, had basically resulted in a massive shut-down of many other independent recording facilities across the nation as well. SO: It was decided at that time, that it was probably a wise idea to 'sell Rumbo' - just in case an easy 'fix' for the recording industry was not just around the corner.
It is certainly possible that the climate of the recording industry could change for the better - dramatically - very soon, and that Rumbo will again produce tons more of the great (radio friendly) music it has been known for - throughout it's long history. Whatever the climate of the recording industry, Toni and Daryl wish all the best for the new owners of this very special studio.
What was even more surprising is that official RIAA record certifications presented to Rumbo Recorders are still hanging on the wall. The buyer was able to buy the property as well as history, what a deal regardless of the price. I have to say that walking through the studio was truly breathtaking as I tried to relive the studio at its height with GNR creating the Appetite For Destruction album. Who knows what was going on at that time, would have love to been a fly on the wall. And all of this happened on Saticoy St in Canoga Park, of all places!
Lastly, I want to briefly mention the new owner, Morteza Barjesteh, who is an Iranian singer and musician as well as a resident of Woodland Hills. A video was posted on Youtube featuring Mr. Barjesteh at the studio that can be seen in various shots including an interview conducted in one of the control rooms (I believe Studio B), dancing scenes in Studio A (??), and shots of the various records on the wall. Also, the video is in Farsi, so I have no idea what is being said but I did hear "Guns N Roses, Tom Petty...." at one point during the video. Almost forgot one thing, the new studio is now called Metronome Studio.
P.S. The SFValleyblog prays for and hopes Daryl Dragon can overcome the tremors he has been suffering lately that is impacting his ability to play music and entertain. Captain and Tennille currently reside in Prescott, AZ where Tennille continues to perform today.
LA Weekly Article by Nikki Darling
Official Captain and Tennille Website -- Clients List
Official Captain and Tennille Website -- Rumbo Recorders Homepage
Official Toni Tennille Website -- Rumbo Recorders Sold
People Magazine - Year of The Dragons Article 1976
Rumbo Recorders Brochure - 1980
Wikipedia -- Captain and Tennille
Retroland website interview
L.A. Times -- 1994 Article