Former Location –
What originally started as a home recording studio in 1970 owned by Jack Leahy, quickly became a favorite recording location in this Edwardian house. Cold Blood, Steve Miller and the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils recorded here.
Notable Recordings Made At Funky Features
Now by The Tubes
Malo by Malo
The Link Wray Rumble by Link Wray
Search Party by Brian Auger
Lovin’ In The Valley Of The Moon by Norton Buffalo
Paris Sessions by Country Joe McDonald
Rack Jobbers Rule by Hoodoo Rhythm Devils
Thriller! by Cold Blood
142 Central Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
Funky Features was a very special place for me many years ago. My first boyfriend worked there. Funky SAM Funky PAUL and Funky JACK were amazing and fun people to me. They let me help make Black Light Posters on an old press in the basement. I remember seeing Rod Stuart and Jeff Beck hanging around in the parlor visiting from England. So many iconic musicians from that era were to be found at 142 Central every day. It was full of weird and wonderful antiques and objects and it had a magical ambiance. I do not think there are places like that in this age. its a place I often visit in my mind when I reminisce about “the good old days”
Recorded a ton of songs there. Some of the session players came from Sammy Hagars Band. Great times. We recorded there from 1969 till Jack moved to Russian Hill
In 1978 the group Doc Schultz and the Last Frontier Band recorded their Album by the same name at Funky Features Studio. Does anyone know how to contact John Speer who holds the 16 track masters ?
Whatever happened to Funky Sam? Last time I talked to him he had fallen in love with some sweet young thing and was living in Marin.