Today in Music Producer History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1916-03-10 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer
  • 1916-12-06 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (d. 1986)
  • 1917-01-10 Jerry Wexler, music producer (Aretha Franklin/Bob Dylan)
  • 1918-01-13 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • 1918-05-23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, band leader and record producer, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1918-08-06 Norman Granz, American record producer (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in New York City (d. 2013)
  • 1922-05-05 Jay D Miller, record producer
  • 1922-07-27 Bob Thiele, record producer
  • 1923-01-05 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)
  • 1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1929-04-05 Joe Meek, English record producer
  • 1932-01-26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 1932-04-04 Clive Davis, American record producer
  • 1935-04-18 Paul A Rothchild, record producer
  • 1935-11-15 Peter John Welding, record producer
  • 1938-04-29 Klaus Voormann, German musician, artist, and record producer
  • 1939-02-21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1939-11-29 Domenico Monardo, American record producer
  • 1939-12-26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, record producer (Wall of Sound)
  • 1940-05-03 Konrad "Conny" Plank, German record producer and musician
  • 1940-10-27 Anthea Joseph, music producer
  • 1941-06-30 Mike Leander Farr, record producer
  • 1942-02-11 Tony Colton, rock producer (On the Boards)
  • 1943-02-21 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-04-09 Terry Knight, rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1944-02-29 David Briggs, record producer
  • 1948-12-20 Alan Parsons, audio engineer/music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1949-07-10 John Whitehead, American singer and record producer
  • 1949-07-15 Trevor Horn, rock producer (Buggles-Video Killed, Yes, Frankie)
  • 1951-09-19 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer
  • 1953-05-01 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer
  • 1954-03-03 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1955-02-12 Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
  • 1955-04-22 Arthur Baker, rock producer (Afrika Banbaataa-Planet Rock)
  • 1957-11-23 John "Jellybean" Benitez, music producer
  • 1959-02-06 Ken Nelson, English record producer
  • 1959-06-06 Jimmy Jam, American record producer
  • 1959-07-15 Shep Pettibone, American record producer
  • 1962-05-06 Adam Yellin, American record producer
  • 1962-05-12 Brett Gurewitz, American songwriter and record producer (Bad Religion) (Epitaph)
  • 1963-03-01 Dan Michaels, American musician and record producer
  • 1963-03-10 Rick Rubin, American record producer
  • 1963-09-10 Bill Stevenson, American music producer and musician
  • 1963-12-11 Jon Brion, American musician/record producer
  • 1964-03-12 Tony Terry, rock producer (Tony Terry)
  • 1964-05-09 Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and disc jockey
  • 1964-10-01 Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer
  • 1964-12-08 Sandy Burnett, English record producer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965-02-18 Dr. Dre, [Andre Romelle Young], Compton, California, American rapper and record producer

Rapper Dr. Dre
Rapper
Dr. Dre
  • 1965-04-19 Suge Knight, American record producer
  • 1966-03-19 James "Big Jim" Wright, American record producer
  • 1967-04-07 Artemis Gounaki, composer, writer and music producer
  • 1967-12-11 DJ Yella, American DJ and music producer (N.W.A)
  • 1968-10-29 Tsunku, Japanese music producer
  • 1968-11-18 Romany Malco, American actor and music producer
  • 1968-12-03 Montell Jordan, American singer and record producer
  • 1969-03-04 Jason Townsend, American artist and record producer
  • 1969-09-04 Alexander Coe, Welsh DJ and record producer
  • 1969-09-24 Donald DeGrate, Jr., American music producer
  • 1969-11-03 Robert Miles, Swiss record producer, composer and musician in trance and ambient music.

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1969-11-04 Puff Daddy [Sean Combs], American rapper and record producer (Come to Me, I'll be Missing You), born in New York City

Rapper Puff Daddy
Rapper
Puff Daddy

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1969-12-04 Jay Z [Shawn Carter], American rapper and record producer (Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint), born in Brooklyn, New York City

Rapper & Record Producer Jay-Z
Rapper & Record Producer
Jay-Z
  • 1970-06-26 Irv Gotti, American record producer
  • 1970-12-09 Kara DioGuardi, American songwriter, record producer, and singer
  • 1972-09-23 Jermaine Dupri, Asheville, NC, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together)
  • 1972-12-10 Dimitri Tikovoi, French-born record producer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973-04-05 Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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1977-06-08 Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West
  • 1983-08-18 Daniel Keith Swain (Danny!), American record producer/hip-hop artist
  • 1983-09-26 Samantha Hammel, American record producer and actress
  • 1984-10-25 Danny .S., English record producer
  • 1986-04-09 Brian Larsen, American musician and record producer

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1978-07-06 Country singer Tammy Wynette (36) weds record producer George Richey (42) in Florida

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1989-09-16 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

HeartWedding of Interest

1990-07-17 Record producer Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy
  • 1992-03-22 Record producer Lou Adler weds Paige Hannah (Daryl's sister)

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-04-26 Rapper and record producer Ice Cube (22) weds Kimberly Woodruff

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

HeartWedding of Interest

1995-04-30 Country singer Rosanne Cash (39) weds record producer John Leventhal (42)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

2003-12-07 Queen of hip-hop soul, Mary Jane Blige (32) weds record producer Kendu Isaacs in Bergen County, New Jersey

Singer-Songwriter Mary Jane Blige
Singer-Songwriter
Mary Jane Blige
  • 2007-11-09 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo (38) weds music producer Chris Ivery (38) in New York, New York
  • 2008-06-22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-10-12 Grammy award-winning record producer Pharrell Williams (40) weds model Helen Lasichanh in Miami, Florida

HeartWedding of Interest

2014-05-24 Rapper and record producer Kanye West (36) weds model Kim Kardashian (33) at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian
Rapper Kanye West
Rapper
Kanye West

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010-05-29 Five-time Grammy Award singer Shania Twain (42) divorces music producer Robert John Lange (59) after 14 years of marriage

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-07-20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • 1978-09-06 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)
  • 1981-04-07 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • 1986-05-01 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1987-12-18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician (b. 1940)
  • 1991-04-09 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 1994-09-12 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • 1994-10-31 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1995-02-18 Denny Cordel, rock music producer-Laverack, dies at 51
  • 1995-03-21 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • 1995-03-30 Paul A Rothchild, record producer, dies at 59
  • 1995-11-15 Kristian Lundin, record producer, dies at 22
  • 1995-11-17 Peter John Welding, record producer, dies at 60
  • 1995-11-26 David Briggs, record producer, dies at 51
  • 1996-01-30 Bob Thiele, record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996-03-23 Jay D. Miller, record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996-04-14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-18 Michael Leander Farr, record producer, dies at 55
  • 1997-12-24 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • 1998-01-07 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • 1999-04-01 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • 1999-05-17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • 2000-08-25 Jack Nitzsche, American record producer (b. 1937)
  • 2003-05-30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • 2003-07-30 Sam Phillips, American record producer (b. 1923)
  • 2004-11-01 Terry Knight, American music producer and promoter (Grand Funk Railroad), is murdered at 61
  • 2004-11-19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2005-05-13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2007-07-23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2008-01-08 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • 2008-08-15 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • 2008-08-21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • 2008-11-01 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • 2008-12-17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • 2011-06-02 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 2011-11-28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • 2011-12-03 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2013-03-30 Phil Ramone, South-African born American music producer, dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2013-08-21 Sid Bernstein, American music producer/promoter, dies at 95
  • 2015-01-15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2016-03-09 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90