Numero Group: By The Numbers

WTNG Staff Meeting: The Leder Brothers
March 22, 2012, 4:59 pm
Filed under: Record Store Day, WTNG


“I’d Like to Touch a Star” was one of the first tracks to fall for our record-store day compilation. With it’s inspirational refrain and chart-seeking production, it served as a guiding light for this project, as other succinct contenders were vetted for inclusion.

The Leder Brothers Department Store of Eastern North Carolina predates our combo by a near half-century. By the time Sheldon and Steven Leder had cut “I’d Like to Touch a Star” at Mega Sound Studios in nearby Bailey, father and uncle team Leon and Morris Leder had been selling everything from suits to work boots under the same name for decades, starting in 1934. Having fled Eastern Europe a decade earlier, the Leder Brothers were hardly observers of segregation, and everyone from the mayor to Lee Fields were considered valued customers.

Although we include the Mega Sound mix here and on the compilation, an additional mix was produced by the hit makers at Criteria Studios in Miami. In a March Madness-style upset, the Mega mix takes the title, and shimmers with newly realized fidelity, having been re-mastered directly from tape.

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