Sonobeat Media Kit

Media resources for Sonobeat Recording Company's 50th Anniversary (1967-2017)

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Company name: Sonobeat Recording Company

Birthdate: May 1967

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Founders: Bill Josey Sr. (age 45 at time of company launch) and Bill Josey Jr. (age 20 at time of company launch)

Active years: 1967-1976

Record label name: Sonobeat (rhymes with oh-no-beet)

Music publishing subsidiary: Sonosong Music Publishing Company

Company structure: partnership between founders until incorporated on March 14, 1969, in the State of Texas

Present structure: Sonobeat Historical Archives, a collective of Bill Josey Sr.'s heirs

First release: A Picture of Me backed with Without You by Austin rock band Sweetarts (September 4, 1967) • Sonobeat stereo 45 RPM single Rs-101

Last release: Toe-Tapping Tunes (Organ Solos) by Helmer Dahl (July 1976) • Sonobeat stereo album S7976

   1967-1968: no facilities; rented Austin-area night clubs during off-hours to use as makeshift recording studios
   1968-1971: home-based studio on Western Hills Drive in northwest Austin, Texas
   1971-1973: full-sized studio on the ground floor of the KVET radio station building, 705 North Lamar, Austin, Texas
   1973-1976: large studio, "Blue Hole Sounds" (named for a nearby natural swimming hole) in a retrofitted stone A.M.E. church on the outskirts of Liberty Hill, Texas (approximately 30 miles north of Austin)

Sonobeat milestones:
   The 1960s
   The 1970s

Year-by-year history

Number of acts known to have recorded with Sonobeat: 72
   See Who's Who for all acts and individuals known to have recorded with Sonobeat
   See the Sonobeat Songbook for all known recordings in the Sonobeat master tape archives

Digital reissues (2014-2016) of Sonobeat vinyl releases from the 1960s

Sonobeat Historical Archives contacts: Bill Josey Jr. ( and Jack Josey (

Sonobeat™ and the Sonobeat logo are trademarks of Sonobeat Historical Archives

Read Ricky Stein's history of Sonobeat and the '60s Austin music scene in Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the '60s (2014; The History Press)