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The Church Studio, Tulsa Oklahoma

"The Church Studio is a recording studio housed in an old church in Tulsa OK. During the 1970s it became closely associated with its owner, recording artist Leon Russell and "The Tulsa Sound."

Originally built in 1915 as Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, the stone structure located at 304 South Trenton Avenue in Tulsa's Pearl District was converted to a recording studio in 1972 by Leon Russell, who bought the building and adjoining properties for his diverse recording activities and as a home for Shelter Records, the company he had earlier started with partner Denny Cordell.

Numerous musicians recorded at The Church, including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Twilley, Dr. John, J.J. Cale, The Gap Band, Freddie King, Phoebe Snow, Peter Tosh.  Tom Petty, with his early band Mudcrutch, signed their first record deal there."

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