1449 South Michigan in Chicago

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1449 South Michigan
Formerly:Brunswick Records
Formerly:Vee Jay Records

1449 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, South Loop 60605
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Quick Facts
  • Floor space: 8,000 square feet
  • 1960: Vee Jay Records moved into this building.
  • 1966: Vee Jay Records went out of business.
  • 1966: Brunswick Records bought this building.
  • 1976: Brunswick Records moved to the North Side.
  • 2011: A plan was floated to turn this building into a museum, anchoring a restaurant, hotel, and entertainment district.
  • This was formerly the location of two recording studios, Vee Jay Records from 1960 to 1966, and Brunswick Records from 1966 to 1976.
  • It was in this building that many recording artists made hit albums, including The Four Seasons, Jimmy Reed, Jackie Wilson, Little Richard, John Lee Hooker.
  • From this building, Vee Jay Records released the first Beatles album in the United States.
  • The first jazz album to ever go gold was recorded in this building.
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