Meet Rick Rooney

Rick began his career in 1970 when he established Associated Sound Productions, a live sound and engineering company for touring artists. Rick was responsible for engineering live sound in venues ranging in size from 2,000 seats to 20,000 plus. Tours and major recording artists include:

Diana Ross, Kool & The Gang, Dave Mason, Roberta Flack, Joe Cocker, Reba McEntire, Little River Band, Charlie Daniels, Iggy Pop, Dave Edmonds, Alabama, Cameo, Ann Murray, Kenny Rogers, Little Richard, The Neville Brothers, David Crosby, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., The Temptations, Oak Ridge Boys, The Fifth Dimension, Charlie Pride, John Waite, Bette Midler, The Gap Band, the O'Jays, Con Funk Shun, and Head East. Rick also engineered large private events such as Mary Kay Conventions, the World Trade Center Semi-Annual Ball and Southwest Airlines conventions.

Rick then broadened his skills and artist relationships further by engineering at the Fairmont Hotel Venetian Rooms that booked headline artists such as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, B.B. King, and others. During this time, his home base became Goodnight Dallas Studios while his recording career became more prominent. Ardent Studios in Memphis, Goodnight LA and Dallas Sound Lab were among the many other studios Rick worked in while his client base became more diverse.

At Goodnight Dallas he engineered albums, jingles and film sound and was to see the likes of Pat Benatar, The Pointer Sisters, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks, The Thunderbirds, B.B. King, Sandy Steward (co-writer/back-up singer with Stevie Nicks), Zales Corporation, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Lipton Soup, and producers such as Jimmy Iovine and Henry Lewy.

In 1984, Planet Dallas was established. Design, equipment purchase, constructions, wiring, etc., were planned by Rick for the initial 8-track project. Three years later, Rick and Carl Yancher/Lakeside Associates of Los Angeles, designed a new room that was to house a 24-track automated recording system. Again, design, on-site management and new equipment purchases were overseen by Rick. Other responsibilities include: president of the corporation, management of the studios, main engineer and producer. Planet Dallas Publishing was also formed in 1984. Contacts with major labels, A&R, and song shopping are currently being handled by Planet Mothership (ASCAP) and Stoli Music (BMI).

Today, our productions include
Bergen White, B.J. Thomas, ICP (Insane Clown Posse), Polyphonic Spree, Daniel Dawes Band, The D.O.C., Phillips, Craig and Dean, Casting Crowns...for more, please see our client list.