Legendary producer-engineer Stan Ross, who co-founded Hollywood’s Gold Star Recording Studio, died from complications following surgery for aneurysms at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank on March 11. He was 82.
Until it closed in 1984, Gold Star was the birthplace of many classic recordings and notable careers. The studio generated over 100 Top 40 hit records and revolutionized the unique production style which has come to be known as the “Wall of Sound.”
Born in Brooklyn, Stan Ross moved to Los Angeles with his parents at the age of fifteen. He attended Fairfax High and graduated in 1946, then went to work at Electro-Vox Recording Studio. After being refused a pay raise, Ross decided to start his own studio with his friend Dave Gold, an electronics wizard who built all the equipment used at Gold Star.
Some of his recordings include Ritchie Valens‘s “La Bamba,” the Champs’ “Tequila,” Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues,” Iron Butterfly’s “In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida,” Sonny and Cher‘s “I Got You Babe” and the Beach Boys’ classic 1966 album “Pet Sounds.”
Ross is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vera of Burbank; two sons, Jeff of Fountain Valley and Brad of San Diego; six grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Schultz of Van Nuys.