Chipping Norton Recording Studios
(1971-1999)

place and recording studio

Closed aged c. 28

Chipping Norton Recording Studios was a residential recording studio in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, which operated from 1971 until October 1999. The studios, originally set up to be the in-house studio for the record company Blue Horizon Records, operated out of the former British Schools building, 26-30 New Street, a Grade II listed building. Further properties were added in adjacent buildings and the studio eventually provided 15 bedrooms with on-site catering for visiting musicians. Songs that were recorded at the studio include "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty, "In The Army Now" by Status Quo, "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo, "I Should Have Known Better" by Jim Diamond, "Promise Me" by Beverley Craven, "Creep" by Radiohead, "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers, "Perfect" by Fairground Attraction, "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" by Cutting Crew, "Eighteen With A Bullet" by Pete Wingfield, "Hocus Pocus" by Focus and "Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye)" by the Bay City Rollers. Dexys Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Marianne Faithfull, Wet Wet Wet, Jeff Beck, XTC, Barbara Dickson, Alison Moyet, The Supernaturals, The Long Ryders, Mark Owen, Freddie King, Level 42, Therapy?, Richard & Linda Thompson, Judas Priest and Chris Rea, among many others, also recorded there. On 15 June 2017, BBC Music Day, broadcast throughout the UK, awarded the building with a blue plaque for its part in the musical heritage of England.

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Chipping Norton Recording Studios from 1971-1999. Status Quo, XTC, Gerry Rafferty, Duran Duran, Steve Winwood, Beverley Craven & Radiohead and many other acts recorded here.

Blue Horizon Studio, Chipping Norton, United Kingdom where it sited