United Sound Systems Recording Studios
James “Jimmy” Siracuse enlarged this studio to accommodate orchestras and motion picture production in 1956. Marv Johnson’s 1959 song “Come To Me,” recorded here, was the first single for Tamla Records (later Motown Records). African American guitarist, producer and entrepreneur Don Davis (1938-2014) bought the studio in 1972. He worked with new and established artists from all musical genres, but especially soul, disco, funk, and rhythm and blues. Among
Erected 2017 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan History Center. (Marker Number S0744.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 42° 21.741′ N, 83° 4.354′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Antoinette Street and 2nd Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Antoinette Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5840 2nd Ave, Detroit MI 48202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Lang Freer House / Merrill-Palmer Institute (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert Pauli Scherer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis College of Business (approx. 0.4 miles away); Omega Psi Phi (approx. 0.4 miles away); International Institute Of Detroit / International Institute Of Metropolitan Detroit (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elijah McCoy HomesiteDetroit Association of Women's Clubs (approx. half a mile away); Scarab Club (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Also see . . . Protecting the Original Mothership. Excerpt on future of studio:
On Friday, January 11, 2019, Michigan Department of Transportation announced the purchase of United Sound Systems and their intention to move, preserve, and eventually resell the building.(Submitted on May 11, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 11, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.