Interview with Thomas and Louise Boddie, February 14, 1996

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

This is an interview with Thomas and Louise Boddie, owners of the first African American-owned and operated studio in Cleveland, Ohio known as Boddie Recording Studio. It begins with a discussion of Thomas Boddie's background. He talks about his time in the armed forces during World War II. When he returned home, he started a recording studio in Cleveland (Ohio).

Boddie then goes on to talk about his work with various musical artists and the evolution of technology in Cleveland (Ohio). He also talks about the clientele with whom he worked and the effect that the Cincinnati Riots had on their recording business. Next, Boddie talks about founding Boddie Recording. He talks about the recording technology that was available at the time, such as limiters. He also talks about his experience recording on location. Finally, Thomas and Louise Boddie discuss financing Boddie Recording, as well as a personal run-in with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Finally, the Boddies discuss the future of the recording industry.

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2016oh174_chase006

Interviewee Name

Thomas Boddie

Louise Boddie

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1996-02-14

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Boddie, Thomas Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 14 Feb. 1996. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Boddie, T. (1996, February 14). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Boddie, Thomas, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. February 14, 1996, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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