The Mark Ronson song “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars has spent a few weeks now in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It’s something Memphis producer and Royal Studios owner Boo Mitchell is especially proud to see, since the chart-topping track was recorded in Memphis at his studio.
Ronson, in fact, recorded most of his “Uptown Special” album at Royal after a trip to look for singing talent with producer Jeff Bhasker led them to the Memphis studio. Ronson, Mars and a large cast of top musical talent soon decided to hole up at Royal, which was built as a theater in 1915 and converted into Royal Studios in 1957, becoming the home of Hi Records and the Hi Rhythm Section.
In fact, Royal Studios remains one of the oldest continually operated recording studios in the world and continues to host gold and platinum selling artists.
Ronson’s recently-released album included session work with names like Kevin Parker of the band Tame Impala, as well as Trombone Shorty and Mystikal. The song “Uptown Funk” also has another Memphis connection – Rev. Kenneth Whalum’s son Kameron plays trombone for Mars and can be heard on the track.