Shure Incorporated was founded by S.N. Shure in 1925, who sold kits to build radios. In the 1930s, after the Great Depression and when factory-made radios became available, the Company began to manufacture microphones.
In the 1940s, Shure was contracted by the U.S. government to make specialized microphones for military tanks, ships, and aircraft. To meet their strict standards & specifications, rigorous manufacturing and testing procedures were adopted to ensure that the the products could stand the tests of hard battle conditions. These practices are still in place today, making Shure's offerings legendary for their ruggedness and dependability.
After the end of the second world war, Shure returned to manufacturing civilian products. They expanded their product lines to serve the growing areas of live sound reinforcement, broadcast, and recording.
The White House Communications Agency has also used Shure microphones for every U.S. President since 1965. The Presidential lectern is equipped with two SM57 microphones on a custom mount.
In 1966, the Shure SM58 (“SM” for “Studio Microphone”) is adopted by rock-and-roll musicians, who find it offers the right combination of rugged reliability and excellent sound quality; it quickly becomes the standard for live performance vocals. The SM58 remains the most popular vocal microphone in the world.
Shure has continued developing breakthrough technologies in wireless, audio networking, and personal listening products since then.
A few shining moments in Shure's history was when Elvis stepped into Sun Studios with his Shure microphone. In fact,the 55SH microphone was featured on the 1992 ‘Elvis’ U.S. postage stamp!
In 2003, Shure was awarded the Technical GRAMMY by the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences® for outstanding contributions of technical significance to the recording industry. Shure has had a great relationship with the Grammys, with its products being used on stage for three consecutive shows, with legendary artist like Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay relying on them to deliver performances of a lifetime.
Their greatest honour: when S.N. Shure’s handprints were imprinted on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame for all eternity.