Music Producers in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1889-10-19 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (1968 Academy of Country Music Award), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • 1903-11-01 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1910-12-15 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1916-03-10 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer
  • 1916-12-06 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer, 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)
  • 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 (Jazz at the Philharmonic; Verve Records), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1918-08-12 Sid Bernstein, music producer/promoter (Beatles, Rolling Stones), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 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)
  • 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 and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 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 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), born in Glens Falls, New York (d. 2008)

Person of interestGeorge Martin

1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 1927-03-31 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
  • 1929-04-05 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1929-07-23 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), born in Toronto, Ontario (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
  • 1932-01-26 Coxsone Dodd, Jamaican record producer
  • 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, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1932-05-14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), 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)
  • 1934-01-05 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), born in Cape Town
  • 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)
  • 1935-11-15 Peter John Welding, record producer
  • 1936-02-26 Cyrus Faryar, American folk musician, songwriter, and record producer (Modern Folk Quartet), born in Tehran, Persia
  • 1936-04-30 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1937-03-06 Ben Keith [Bennett 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
  • 1937-06-22 Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England
  • 1937-11-30 Jimmy Bowen, American record producer and pop star (I'm Stickin' With You), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico
  • 1938-08-23 Roger Greenaway, English composer and record producer (I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing), born in Fishponds, England
  • 1939-02-21 Ron Nagle, rock producer (Riding with the King)
  • 1939-04-07 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • 1939-11-29 Meco [Domenico Monardo], American musician and record producer (Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk), born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPhil Spector

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

Music Producer Phil Spector
Music Producer
Phil Spector
  • 1940-05-03 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, born in Hütschenhausen, Germany (d. 1987)
  • 1940-10-27 Anthea Joseph, music producer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1941-06-30 Mike Leander, English songwriter and record producer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1996)
  • 1941-08-11 John Simon, American record producer (The Band), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 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
  • 1942-02-11 Tony Colton, rock producer (On the Boards)
  • 1942-03-23 James "Jimmy" Miller, American record producer and musician (The Rolling Stones), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1942-05-09 Val Garay, American record producer and engineer (Bette Davis Eyes), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942-06-27 Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer, songwriter, and record producer (The Beach Boys, I Write the Songs), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1942-07-07 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1942-09-30 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), born in Woking, Surrey (d. 2002)
  • 1943-02-04 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1943-02-21 David Geffen, American record producer (Geffen Records, Asylum) and film studio executive (DreamWorks SKG), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1943-03-07 Chris White, American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1943-04-09 Terry Knight, American rock producer and singer (Grand Funk Railroad), born in Lapeer, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1943-08-01 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1944-02-05 Al Kooper [Alan Peter Kuperschmidt], American rock musician, record producer and songwriter (Blood Sweat & Tears, Super Session), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-02-29 David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • 1944-03-29 Terrence "Terry" Jacks, Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer and environmentalist (Seasons in the Sun), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1944-04-24 Tony Visconti, American music producer (Blackstar, Low, "Heroes"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-08-16 Russ Titelman, American record producer and songwriter, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944-10-24 Ted Templeman, American musician and record producer, born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1944-12-06 Jonathan King, English singer and songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London
  • 1944-12-25 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945-04-19 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer and co-founder and guitarist for We Five, born in Riverside County, California (d. 2002)
  • 1945-07-18 James William Guercio, American music producer, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-08-12 Ron Mael, American songwriter, composer and record producer (Sparks), born in Culver City, California
  • 1946-11-10 Roy Thomas Baker, English record producer (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1947-01-15 Pete Waterman, English record producer (Stock Aitken & Waterman-Road Block), born in Stoke Heath, Coventry
  • 1947-03-18 Elliot Ray Scheiner, American Grammy winning music producer, mixer and engineer (History of the Eagles), born in the US
  • 1947-04-13 Mike Chapman, Australian songwriter and record producer (Chinn & Chapman), born in Nambour, Australia
  • 1947-04-20 Ken Scott, British record producer and engineer (The Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd), born in London, England
  • 1947-05-24 Robert "Waddy" Wachtel, American session musician, composer and record producer, born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-07-04 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1947-09-21 Geoff Workman, British record producer and engineer (Toto, Queen, The Cars), born in Liverpool, England

Person of interestJim Steinman

1947-11-01 Jim Steinman, American Grammy Award-winning songwriter and record producer (Bat Out of Hell, Total Eclipse of the Heart), born in NYC, New York

Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Jim Steinman
Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer
Jim Steinman
  • 1948-10-16 Jim Ed Norman [Edward James Norman], American musician and record producer, born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1948-12-20 Alan Parsons, English audio engineer & music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1949-03-03 Richie Cannata, American music producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-03-25 Bob Ezrin, Canadian music producer and keyboardist, born in Toronto, Canada
  • 1949-04-18 Andrew Powell, British composer, performer, and music producer (Donovan, Kate Bush- "The Kick Inside"), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949-07-15 Trevor Horn, rock producer (Buggles-Video Killed, Yes, Frankie)
  • 1949-11-01 David Foster, Canadian musician and record producer, born in British Columbia, Canada

Person of interestWalter Becker

1950-02-20 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • 1950-06-09 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 2013)
  • 1951-01-31 Phil Manzanera, English musician & record producer (Roxy Music-Let's Stick Together), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1951-06-13 Howard Leese, American guitarist, record producer, and musical director (Heart), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1951-08-28 Keiichi Suzuki, Japanese songwriter and record producer (Moonriders), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1951-09-19 Daniel Lanois, Canadian record producer, born in Hull, Quebec, Canada
  • 1952-07-06 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1952-09-19 Nile Rodgers, American guitarist and music producer (Chic), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1952-11-13 David Frank, American musician and record producer, born in Weston, Massachusetts
  • 1953-03-11 Jimmy Iovine, American record producer ( Interscope Records), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1953-05-01 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1953-11-14 James Guthrie, English music producer and sound engineer (Pink Floyd), born in Edmonton, England
  • 1954-03-03 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-09-16 Singer Natalie Cole marries record producer Andre Fisher

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole

LoveWedding 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)

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Rapper Ice Cube
Rapper
Ice Cube

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Singer-songwriter
Mary J. Blige

LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding 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

Divorces in Music


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

Deaths in Music

  • 1967-02-03 Joe Meek, English record producer (Telstar), commits suicide at 37
  • 1975-06-16 Don Robey, American record label executive and record producer, dies at 71
  • 1977-07-20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer who cofounded The Record Plant studios, drowns along with his girlfriend at 38
  • 1978-09-06 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)
  • 1981-04-07 Christopher "Kit" Lambert, British record producer and manager of The Who, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 45
  • 1983-01-19 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), dies at 57
  • 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, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • 1987-12-18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • 1989-04-15 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive, dies at 71
  • 1991-04-09 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 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
  • 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 (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), 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, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996-03-23 J. D. "Jay" Miller, American record producer, dies at 73
  • 1996-04-14 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, record producer, dies at 80
  • 1996-04-18 Michael Leander, English songwriter and record producer, dies at 54
  • 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 composer and songwriter (An Officer & a Gentleman), dies at 63
  • 2002-07-21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • 2002-11-13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • 2003-05-30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • 2003-07-30 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, dies at 80
  • 2004-09-03 Billy Davis, American music producer and songwriter ( 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 at 61
  • 2004-11-19 Terry Melcher, American musician and record producer (b. 1942)
  • 2005-05-13 Eddie Barclay, French record producer (b. 1921)
  • 2006-06-25 Arif Mardin, Turkish-American music producer (Atlantic Records, Aretha Franklin, Bee Gees), dies of cancer at 74
  • 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 song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • 2008-02-19 Teo Macero [Attilio Joseph Macero], American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis), dies at 82
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 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 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)
  • 2009-06-10 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), dies from complications of a stroke at 66
  • 2009-09-29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • 2010-07-26 Ben Keith [Bennett 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)
  • 2011-11-28 Andrew Kazdin, classical record producer, dies at 77
  • 2011-12-03 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2012-11-24 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2013-03-30 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2013-05-21 Trevor Bolder, British rock musician and record producer (Uriah Heep, The Spiders from Mars), dies from cancer at 62
  • 2013-08-21 Sid Bernstein, American music producer/promoter, dies at 95
  • 2014-05-03 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • 2015-01-15 Kim Fowley, US record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2015-08-14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83

Person of interestGeorge Martin

2016-03-08 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), dies at 90

Music Producer George Martin
Music Producer
George Martin
  • 2016-11-11 Raynoma Singleton [Gordy], music producer and singer-songwriter (Motown), dies at 79
  • 2016-11-15 Milt Okun, American music producer and arranger (John Denver, Peter, Paul and Mary), dies at 92

Person of interestWalter Becker

2017-09-03 Walter Becker, American rock bassist and record producer (Steely Dan-Peg), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Producer
Walter Becker
  • 2017-10-22 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70

Person of interestAvicii

2018-04-20 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer (Levels, Wake Me Up, Sunshine), commits suicide at 28

DJ and Record Producer Avicii
DJ and Record Producer
Avicii
  • 2018-08-15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), dies at 67
  • 2018-09-07 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26