Sigma Sound (Bowie recorded; Springsteen visited him.)

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Sigma Sound Studios
212 North 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States
39° 57' 22.428" N, 75° 9' 32.2884" W


Great songs were recorded here, many by Gamble & Huff, through their Philadelphia International Records. Perhaps the most famous album was David Bowie's Young Americans, on which Luther Vandross sang background. Early in the morning of 11/25/74, Bruce Springsteen visited Bowie to hear how the cover of his song by Bowie, It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City, was coming. Bowie and Springsteen conversed, but Springsteen did not stay long enough to hear his song.

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Sat, 03/17/2012 - 15:24


From "... where nearly all of the Philadelphia International hits as well [as] tracks by the Spinners, the Jacksons, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie were cut. In the 70s, Billy Joel and Bonnie Raitt player here as a part of a series of live radio concerts broadcast over WMMR."

This building is being converted to apartments, according to

Today's Inquirer at p. A12 says the following about the sale of the building, etc. Bowie recorded "Young Americans" here. Billy Joel "developed Captain Jack" here. Patti LaBelle and other Gamble and Huff artists recorded here. Sigma closed last year because of portable digital recording systems replacing traditional studios. "Master tapes and historical items were shipped to the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University." I wonder what's on those tapes.

This property will be getting an actual historical marker, see

The Springsteen meeting Bowie story is recounted at

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