United Sound Systems Recording Studios
1939 Italian American violinist and sound engineer James "Jimmy" Siracuse (1903-1988) converted his 1916 house into the new home for United Sound Systems, one of Detroit's firs independent recording studios. He offered recording, transcription and production services for radio programs, record companies, musicians, singers and private citizens, including families who made recordings to send to soldiers during World War II. In 1946 the internationally broadcast Inter-Racial Goodwill Program was recorded here. Artists who created music here in the 1940s and 1950s included John Lee Hooker, Johnnie Ray, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie Wilson and Alberta Adams.