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Sonobeat Recording Company

Sonobeat Recording Company and Sonosong Music Publishing Company were founded in Austin, Texas, in 1967 by Bill Josey Sr. and Bill Josey Jr.

As an integral seed of the Austin music revolution that began in the mid-'60s, Sonobeat's prodigious output introduced Johnny Winter, Eric Johnson, Rusty Wier, the Afro-Caravan, and dozens of other luminary Texas musicians to the world. offers a deep history and illustrative anecdotes of Sonobeat and the artists who helped create and shape today's Austin music scene.

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Sonobeat's connection to a small Austin FM station

1974: Yesterday Once More
Return to Austin in 1974

Welcome offers insights into how Sonobeat was formed, grew, and operated. But more than that,'s exclusive access to Sonobeat's private archives -- including master audio tapes, photographs, and documents long thought lost -- provides a unique retrospective into the diverse and dynamic Central Texas music scene from the mid '60s to the mid '70s, the beginning of Austin's emergence as the live music capital of the world.

Sonobeat recorded artists performing in diverse genres -- rock, blues, gospel, R&B, jazz, country, folk, and even polka. The Sonobeat story features hundreds of talented artists who have made musical history in Austin.

Whether you're newly initiated into Austin's rich musical heritage or were part of its '60s and '70s music scene, offers surprises, delights, and dozens of rare sound bites sprinkled throughout.

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The Lee Arlano Trio

A solid jazz combo that toured the U.S. in the '60s, The Lee Arlano Trio appeared frequently at Austin's Club Seville in the Sheraton Crest Inn on Town Lake. The Lee Arlano Trio was the first artist recorded by Sonobeat for a commercial release, and their Jazz to the Third Power was the first of only three albums commercially released on the Sonobeat label.

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Remembering Bill Josey Sr.

A look back at the life of Sonobeat co-founder Bill Josey Sr. (1921-1976) and his contributions to the Central Texas music scene.

Wall of Fame

From 1967 to 1976, Sonobeat recorded hundreds of Central Texas artists. The Wall of Fame presents rare photos of many of those artists. Requires Flash.

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