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Building Golden Voice Recording Co.

  Building Golden Voice Recording Co. (origins of Golden Voice part 4)   By 1965 Jerry Milam found himself in need of a proper studio facility.   He had built a first class four track studio in his basement but couldn’t continue to record at home due to noise complaints.  He needed a place he could […]

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Steve Gibson, Golden Voice and the Peoria Music scene in the late 1960’s.

Here is Nashville legend Steve Gibson (who cut his first record at Golden Voice) talking about his past in the Peoria, Il music scene of the late 1960’s.  In this talk he did with the Country Music Hall of Fame he has some great remarks and insights regarding his first recordings at Golden Voice Recording Co.   Click here […]

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Golden Voice early days – Basement Studio / Milam Records

Golden Voice early days – basement studio and Milam Records (or the origin of Golden Voice studio part 3) By the beginning of 1964, spurred on by his encounter with Blaine Gauss, Jerry Milam was starting to assemble the beginnings of his first studio. He understood some basic principles from his prior recording experiences, however, at that point in […]

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Hit Records, Blane Gauss and early Illinois rock ‘n roll.

Hit Records, Blane Gauss and early Illinois rock ‘n roll circa 1958 – 1963 (or the origin of Golden Voice Studio part 2.) Blane Gauss, a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Studios in Peoria, Illinois in the late 1950’s, was the driving force behind the HIT record label. Blane was based in Peoria but the label used […]

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Jerry and Mary Ann Milam origins

Jerry and Mary Ann Milam (or the origins of Golden Voice Studio part 1) The story of Golden Voice is the story of Jerry and Mary Ann Milam.  The couple was the driving force behind the studio.  Jerry had been a newspaper photographer and a television repairman but ultimately found success playing guitar in the […]

Golden Voice Recording Company introduction.

  Golden Voice Recording Co. was a South Pekin, Illinois based recording studio started as a basement endeavor in the early 1960’s. The studio grew until it was destroyed in a fire in July 1978.  At the time of the fire Golden Voice was the largest studio in Illinois outside of Chicago (Peoria Journal Star: July […]

The Golden Voice logo.

The Golden Voice imprint was used on many records cut at the central Illinois studio from 1965 – 1978. Here is a copy of the Shags classic 7″ record “It Ain’t Easy” featuring the distinctive logo.  It went through several changes over the years but this was the main logo used for the duration of the […]

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