Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” takes the stop on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the third week in a row. This is fantastic news for Memphians in and out of the music community.
“Uptown Funk” was recorded locally by Boo Mitchell at renowned Royal Studios. Royal Studios last #1 Billboard hit is one that you will certainly recognize. In 1972, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” topped the charts, and it was recorded out of Royal Studios. The last Memphis pop Billboard Hot 100 #1 was “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees in 1976.
Mark Ronson recorded a majority of his album Uptown Special at Royal Studios. He and his producer, Jeff Bhasker found Royal Studios when they were searching for talent.
Mitchell described his encounter with them when they showed up at Royal Studios.
“Mark and Jeff were on a tour through the south looking for talent. They came to the studio to hear some singers and when they came in, Mark was like ‘Oh, man. We have to record here. That was in February of 2014, and they were back in March for the first session.”
Since 2012, many other great artists have recorded with Mitchell at Royal Studios such as: Elton John, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Keb Mo, Emile Haynie, Snoop Dogg, Robert Randolph, Tame Impala, Trombone Shorty, Mystikal, and a plethora of other artists.
Mitchell does insists that Uptown Special is something, well, special.
“Mark Ronson’s album is to music what Pulp Fiction was to movies. Mark’s style reminds me of how my father worked: very specific, knows what he wants and has an amazing set of ears. And Jeff Bhasker, too – he’s just a melodic genius.”
When Take Me to the River was being filmed, they visited Royal Studios along with Snoop Dogg, and Terrence Howard. This, among previously mentioned artists, has empowered the studio to produce music that makes Memphis proud.
All that Royal Studios has been doing, along with other studios in Memphis, is showing the world that Memphis has maintained its premiere music. “Uptown Funk” is a testament to the immense musical talent that Memphians are producing.