Music Producers in History

Events in Music

Murder of Interest

2009-04-13 US record producer Phil Spector is found guilty of second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003

Music History

2013-06-17 Dance hit "Wake Me Up" released by Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii with vocals by Aloe Blacc


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 423

  • 1889-10-19 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (Academy of Country Music Award, 1968), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1892-06-13 Richard M. Jones, American jazz pianist, accompanist, songwriter ("Trouble In Mind"), record producer (Louis Armstrong) and label manager (Okeh; Decca;Mercuty), born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana (d. 1945)
  • 1903-11-01 Don Robey, American record label executive (Peacock; Duke) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1910-12-15 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1912-02-27 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), born in Paris (d. 1974)
  • 1914-05-15 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1916-03-10 Manuel "Manny" Greenhill, American record producer and manager (d. 1996)
  • 1916-12-06 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer ("Shout"; "Twistin' The Night Away"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)
  • 1917-01-10 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1917-01-25 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1982)
  • 1917-09-05 Art Rupe [Goldberg], American gospel, R&B, and early rock record producer and label executive (Specialty Records - Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Lloyd Price), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2022)
  • 1917-11-26 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American jazz record producer & executive (Atlantic Records; Warner Music), born in Istanbul, ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 1989)
  • 1918-01-13 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer
  • 1918-05-23 Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, American band leader, songwriter, and record producer (Little Richard; Sam Cooke), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1985)
  • 1918-08-06 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer and concert promoter (Beatles; Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1919-08-06 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1920-02-12 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1921-11-16 Ethel Gabriel (nee Nagy), American record producer and label executive (RCA, 1943-84), born in Milmont Park, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)
  • 1921-11-23 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), born in El Dorado, Kansas (d. 1973)
  • 1922-03-24 Dave Appell, American musician, arranger, musical director (Ernie Kovacs), record producer (Charlie Gracie; The Orlons; Tony Orlando and Dawn), and songwriter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1922-05-05 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, born in Iota, Louisiana (d. 1996)
  • 1922-07-27 Bob Thiele, American record producer (Impulse! Records), born in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1923-01-05 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1923-12-23 Milt Okun, American music producer, conductor, and arranger (John Denver; Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1925-02-26 Dave Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist (Les Brown), bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925-06-10 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1925-10-30 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)

George Martin

1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America; The Goon Squad), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • 1926-05-31 (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1927-03-31 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1928-03-19 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1928-05-12 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 2020)
  • 1928-08-11 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), born in Abbeville, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1929-01-22 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1929-04-05 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1929-05-13 Creed Taylor, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and bossa nova record producer (Stan Getz; Wes Montgomery), and label founder (Impluse!; CTI Records), born in Lynchburg, Virginia (d. 2022)
  • 1929-07-23 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2011)
  • 1930-01-31 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1930-03-12 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2011)
  • 1930-04-17 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1931-03-25 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1931-07-01 Chris Strachwitz, German-born American folk, roots, and world music record producer and label founder (Arhoolie Records), born in Gross Reichenau, Lower Silesia, Germany (now Bogaczów, Poland)
  • 1932-01-26 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2004)
  • 1932-01-31 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), born in Forest Grove, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1932-03-15 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records: Aretha Franklin; Bee Gees), born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1932-04-04 Clive Davis, American record producer and music industry executive (Columbia, Arista, Sony), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932-05-14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1932-07-11 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ("I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)

Quincy Jones Jr

1933-03-14 Quincy Jones (Jr.), American jazz trumpeter. composer, arranger, record producer (Michael Jackson; Frank Sinatra; "We Are The World"), and film producer (The Color Purple), born in Chicago, Illinois

  • 1933-03-18 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1934-01-05 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], American 14-time Grammy Award-winning music producer (Burt Bacharach; Paul Simon; Billy Joel; Tony Bennett), and studio owner (co-founded A&R Recording), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2013)
  • 1934-10-23 Lewis Merenstein, American record producer (Miriam Makeba; Van Morrison's Astral Weeks; Glass Harp), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2016)
  • 1935-03-25 (Juan) "Johnny" Pacheco, Dominican-American salsa flutist, bandleader, composer, record producer and label executive (Fania Records), born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1935-04-18 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1935-05-11 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • 1935-05-29 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2011)
  • 1935-11-15 Peter John Welding, record producer
  • 1936-01-07 Richard Podolor, American session guitarist, sound engineer and, record producer (Three Dog Night; Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1936-02-26 Cyrus Faryar, Iranian-American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1936-04-30 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1936-06-20 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1936-11-11 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1936-11-27 Henri Belolo, French disco music producer and songwriter (The Village People; The Ritchie Family) ,born in Casablanca, Morocco (d. 2019)
  • 1937-01-09 Malcolm Cecil, British jazz bassist, record producer, audio engineer, and electronic musician (Ronnie Scott; Blues Incorporated; TONTO's Expanding Head Band), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1937-01-19 Ian Samwell, British songwriter and record producer (Cliff Richard; Small Faces; America), born in Lambeth, South London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1937-03-06 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird), born in Fort Riley, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • 1937-03-08 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1937-04-21 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1937-04-22 (Bernard) "Jack" Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1937-06-22 Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England
  • 1937-10-25 Roberto Menescal, Brazilian pop, bossa nova, and samba guitarist, composer ("O Barquinho"), and record producer, born in Vitoria, Espírito Santo, Brazil
  • 1937-11-30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star ("I'm Stickin' With You"), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1938-06-20 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1938-08-23 Roger Greenaway, British pop composer and record producer ("I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing"), born in Fishponds, England
  • 1938-11-19 Henry "Hank" Medress, American doo-wop singer (The Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), and record producer (The Chiffons; Tony Orlando & Dawn), born in Brooklyn, New York City (d. 2007)
  • 1939-01-26 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • 1939-02-21 Ron Nagle, American sculptor, and songwriter, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1939-04-07 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1939-06-06 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • 1939-11-29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Phil Spector

1939-12-26 [Harvey] Phil Spector, American record producer (Wall of Sound), and convicted murderer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2021)

  • 1939-12-30 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1940-04-26 Giorgio Moroder, Italian record producer, and film score composer (Cat People; Top Gun), born in Ortisei, Italy
  • 1940-05-03 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1940-08-19 Johnny Nash, American pop-reggae-soul singer-songwriter and record producer ("I Can See Clearly Now"), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1940-08-19 Roger Cook, British songwriter (with Roger Greenaway: "You've Got Your Troubles"; "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", "Melting Pot"), singer (Blue Mink), and record producer, born in Fishponds, Bristol, England
  • 1940-09-30 Lori Burton [Dolores Squeglia], American singer, songwriter and record producer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1940-10-02 Patrick Sky [Lynch], American musician, folk singer, songwriter, record producer, and uilleann bagpiper (Songs That Made America Famous), born in College Park, Georgia (d. 2021)
  • 1940-10-27 Anthea Joseph, British folk music promoter, and record company publicist, born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1941-01-28 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • 1941-03-21 John Boylan, American record producer (Pure Prairie League; Commander Cody; Little River Band), born in New York City
  • 1941-04-06 (William) Louis Shelton, American session guitarist and music producer, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1941-05-04 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1941-06-30 Mike Leander, English songwriter and record producer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1941-07-13 Steve Gibbons, British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer (The Ugly's - "Wake Up My Mind"; solo - "Tulane"), born in Harbourne, Birmingham, England
  • 1941-08-11 John Simon, American record producer (The Band), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1941-09-05 Elliot Mazer, American audio engineer and record producer (Chubby Checker; Neil Young), born in New York City (d. 2021)
  • 1941-11-15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1942-02-08 Terry Melcher [Terrence Jorden], American record producer and musician, Doris Day's son (The Rip Chords; The Byrds), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Weddings in Music

Tammy Wynette

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

Natalie Cole

1989-09-16 American pop singer Natalie Cole (39) weds American drummer and record producer Andre Fisher; divorce 1995

Berry Gordy

1990-07-17 American Motown Records founder Berry Gordy (60) weds Grace Easton; divorce in 1993

  • 1992-03-22 American record producer Lou Adler (58) weds American actress Page Hannah (27) (Daryl's sister)

Ice Cube

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

Shania Twain

1993-12-28 Canadian country singer-songwriter Shania Twain (27) weds South African record producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (45); divorce in 2010

Rosanne Cash

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

Fatboy Slim

1999-08-20 DJ and music producer Fatboy Slim (36) marries TV presenter Zoë Ball (separated 2016)

Mary J. Blige

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

Ellen Pompeo

2007-11-09 "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo (38) weds music producer Chris Ivery (38) in NYC, New York

  • 2008-06-22 Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba

Pharrell Williams

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

Wedding of Interest

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


Divorces in Music

Shania Twain

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

Deaths in Music

  • 1945-12-08 Richard M. Jones, American jazz pianist, accompanist, songwriter ("Trouble In Mind"), record producer (Louis Armstrong) and label manager (Okeh; Decca; Mercury), dies at 53
  • 1967-02-03 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • 1968-04-22 Stephen H. Sholes, American record producer (Elvis) and label executive (RCA Victor, 1929-68), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1973-09-20 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), dies at 51
  • 1974-12-08 Hugues Panassié, French jazz critic, record producer, and impresario (Hot Club de France), dies at 62
  • 1975-06-16 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, dies at 71
  • 1977-07-20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who co-founded The Record Plant studios, drowns in a swimming pool, along with his girlfriend, at 38
  • 1978-09-06 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1979-09-09 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), dies at 65
  • 1981-04-07 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1981-08-28 Guy Stevens, British record company executive (Sue; Island), band manager (Mott the Hoople; Procol Harum), and record producer (The Clash - London Calling), dies from an overdose of anti-alcohol medication at 38
  • 1982-03-29 Floyd "Guitar" Smith, American jazz and blues guitarist and record producer, dies at 65
  • 1983-01-19 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!), arranger, and record producer (Sinatra and Strings; My Way), dies at 57
  • 1983-04-17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • 1983-06-30 Bo Gentry [Robert Ackoff] American songwriter ("Mony, Mony"), and record producer (Tommy James), dies at 41
  • 1985-03-13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • 1986-02-10 "Uncle" Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), dies at 96
  • 1986-05-01 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, dies at 69
  • 1987-07-10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, dies at 76
  • 1987-07-25 Alex Sadkin, American audio engineer, and record producer (Grace Jones; Thompson Twins), dies in a car crash in The Bahamas at 38
  • 1987-12-18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • 1989-02-06 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 1989-04-15 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive (Atlantic Records), dies at 71
  • 1991-04-09 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 1992-08-02 Michel Berger [Hamburger], French singer-songwriter, and record producer. dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1994-09-12 Major Bill Smith, record producer, dies at 72
  • 1994-10-22 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), dies of liver failure at 52
  • 1994-10-31 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1994-12-19 Noel Pointer, American jazz violinist and record producer, dies of a stoke at 39
  • 1995-02-18 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51
  • 1995-03-21 Norman Schwartz, record Producer, dies at 66
  • 1995-03-30 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (Janis Joplin - Pearl), dies at 59
  • 1995-05-06 Clarence Paul [Pauling], American songwriter, and record producer (Motown; Stevie Wonder - "Fingertips"), dies at 67
  • 1995-11-11 Kenneth S. Goldstein, American folklorist and record producer, dies at 68
  • 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, American record producer (Neil Young; Nils Lofgren), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1996-01-30 Bob Thiele, American radio broadcaster, and record producer (John Coltrane; B.B. King), dies of kidney failure at 73
  • 1996-03-23 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996-04-14 Manuel "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 1996-04-18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • 1996-06-01 Alan Blakley, British guitarist and record producer (The Tremeloes - "Here Comes My Baby"; "Silence Is Golden"), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1997-12-27 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, dies at 57
  • 1998-01-07 Owen Bradley, American pop country music record producer (Patsy Cline; Loretta Lynn; Conway Twitty), dies at 82
  • 1998-05-02 Hide [Hideto Matsumoto], Japanese rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (X Japan; Zilch), takes his own life at 33
  • 1998-08-24 Gene Page, American arranger, composer, and record producer (Righteous Brothers; Marvin Gaye; Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • 1999-04-01 Jesse Stone, American R&B pianist, songwriter (Shake, Rattle and Roll), arranger, and record producer, dies at 97
  • 1999-05-17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith) dies at 49
  • 2000-03-20 Gene Eugene [Andrusco], Canadian-American actor, singer-songwriter (Adam Again; Lost Dogs), and record producer, dies of a brain aneurysm at 38
  • 2000-08-25 Jack Nitzsche, American composer, arranger, music producer, keyboardist (Rolling Stones; Neil Young), and songwriter ("Up Where We Belong"), dies at 63
  • 2001-11-22 Norman Granz, American jazz record producer (Verve Records; Pablo Records), and impresario (Jazz at the Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2002-03-15 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2002-07-21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, early David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • 2002-11-05 Billy Guy [Frank Phillips], American baritone pop singer (The Coasters, 1955-73 - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), and record producer, dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • 2002-11-13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • 2002-12-31 Kevin Macmichael, Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Cutting Crew - "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 2003-03-13 Ian Samwell, British songwriter and record producer (Cliff Richard; Small Faces; America), dies at 66
  • 2003-05-30 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits; The Nashville Teens; Donovan; Lulu), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 2003-07-30 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • 2004-05-04 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2004-06-03 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), dies of a congenital heart issue at 38
  • 2004-09-03 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ("reet Petite": I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke"), dies at 72
  • 2004-11-01 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), murdered by his daughter's boyfriend defending her during a domestic dispute at 61
  • 2004-11-19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2005-04-01 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 2005-05-13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006-04-08 (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), dies at 79
  • 2006-05-10 Soraya [Lamilla], Colombian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, arranger and record producer ("Amor En Tus Ojos / Love In Your Eyes"'; "Casi"), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • 2006-06-25 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2007-06-18 Henry "Hank" Medress, American singer (The Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), and record producer (The Chiffons; Tony Orlando & Dawn), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2007-07-23 Ron Miller, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1933)
  • 2007-08-15 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, dies at 80
  • 2008-01-08 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2008-02-19 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), dies at 82
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2008-07-07 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2008-08-15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • 2008-08-21 "Huckle" Jerry Finn, American sound engineer and record producer (Blink-182), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage and heart attack at 39
  • 2008-09-07 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, dies of congestive heart failure at 69
  • 2008-11-01 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • 2008-12-17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor, dies of cancer at 66
  • 2009-04-30 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80
  • 2009-06-10 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), dies from complications of a stroke at 66
  • 2009-08-15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), dies at 67
  • 2009-09-29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • 2010-07-26 Ben Keith [Schaeufele], American musician and record producer (Neil Young; Great Speckled Bird), dies at 73
  • 2011-05-13 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • 2011-06-02 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 2011-06-04 Martin Rushent, British sound engineer (Gentle Giant; Shirley Bassey), and record producer (Buzzcocks; The Human League), dies at 62
  • 2011-08-22 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), dies of throat cancer at 70
  • 2011-09-06 Wardell Quezergue, American jazz, blues, and funk composer, arranger, record producer and bandleader, known as the "Creole Beethoven", dies at 81
  • 2011-09-29 Sylvia Robinson, American singer (Mickey & Sylvia - "Love Is Strange"; solo - "Pillow Talk"), record producer, and record label executive (Sugar Hill Records), dies of congestive heart failure at 76
  • 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
  • 2012-02-05 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), dies 82
  • 2012-11-24 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who; Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2013-01-25 Zekkariyas [Cecil Womack], American soul songwriter, singer, and record producer (Womack & Womack - "Teardrops"), dies at 64
  • 2013-03-30 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], American 14-time Grammy Award-winning music producer (Burt Bacharach; Paul Simon; Billy Joel; Tony Bennett), and studio owner (co-founded A&R Recording), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2013-04-07 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), dies at 62
  • 2013-05-21 Trevor Bolder, British rock bassist (The Spiders From Mars; Uriah Heep, 1976-2013), and record producer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 62