On This Day

Recording Engineers in History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1653-03-25 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", born in La Flèche, France (d. 1716)
  • 1924-11-02 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • 1925-10-20 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2002)
  • 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)
  • 1929-02-21 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • 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]
  • 1933-03-18 Dayton "Bones" Howe, American record producer and sound engineer (The 5th Dimension; The Association; Tom Waits), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1935-01-19 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, born in Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1936-01-07 Richard Podolor, American session guitarist, sound engineer and, record producer (Three Dog Night; Steppenwolf), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1936-08-31 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1937-10-16 Emile Ford, St. Lucian pop singer (first Black male singer to top UK charts - "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?"), and sound engineer, born in Castries, St Lucia (d. 2016)
  • 1940-07-08 Joe B. Mauldin, American rock double-bass player (The Crickets), songwriter, and recording engineer (Gold Start Studios), born In Lubbock, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1941-01-28 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1989)
  • 1942-02-15 Glyn Johns, British recording engineer and producer (Eagles; The Who; Eric Clapton), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • 1942-04-19 Edwin "Eddie" Kramer, South African-British recording engineer, producer and photographer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Beatles), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1943-02-13 Bill Szymczyk, American sound engineer, and record producer (Eagles; Joe Walsh), born in Muskegon, Michigan
  • 1943-06-25 Chris Huston, British-born recording engineer and guitarist, born in North Wales, England
  • 1944-09-22 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan, John Denver), born in Oakland, California (d. 2011)
  • 1945-05-12 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2020)
  • 1945-12-05 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello) born in Crouch End, North London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1947-01-13 Chris Thomas, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Pink Floyd; Procol Harem; Elton John; The Pretenders), born in Brentford, Middlesex, England
  • 1947-07-04 William "Bill" Schnee, American musician, music producer, and audio engineer, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1948-07-11 Martin Rushent, British sound engineer (Gentle Giant; Shirley Bassey), and record producer (Buzzcocks; The Human League), born in Enfield, England (d. 2011)
  • 1948-12-20 Alan Parsons, British music producer (The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot) and recording engineer (The Dark Side of the Moon; Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1948-12-27 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), born in Woking, Surrey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1950-02-25 Emitt Rhodes, American rock singer-songwriter, musician (Merry-Go-Round), sound engineer, and record producer, born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1950-05-20 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), born in Epsom, Surrey, England (d. 2013)
  • 1951-01-15 Peter Collins, British sound engineer and record producer (Rush; October Project; Jermaine Stewart), born in London
  • 1951-05-19 James Boyer, American audio engineer and record producer (Peter Cetera; Billy Joel; George Benson), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-07-06 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)
  • 1953-01-15 Bob Clearmountain, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer (Bruce Springsteen; Crowded House), and record producer (Brayn Adams; Bon Jovi), born in Connecticut
  • 1953-11-14 James Guthrie, English music producer and sound engineer (Pink Floyd), born in Edmonton, England
  • 1953-12-26 Henning Schmitz, German recording engineer & keyboardist (Kraftwerk, 1991-present), born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1954-03-10 Scott Litt, American sound engineer and record producer (Flaming Lips; R.E.M.), born in New York
  • 1954-05-28 George E Mahlberg, American astronomer (Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson, California, 1974-78), movie actor, sound engineer, and DJ (Dr. Cosmo), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1955-02-15 Hugh Padgham, English record producer and audio engineer (Phil Collins; The Police), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • 1956-04-19 Gary Langan, British sound engineer, record producer, and musician (The Art of Noise, 1983-86), born in Surrey, England
  • 1956-05-31 Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk, 1987-), born in Amberg, West Germany
  • 1956-10-07 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1960-03-05 Nicolas Launay, British record producer, composer and recording engineer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Arcade Fire; Kate Bush; Talking Heads), born in London, England
  • 1960-06-30 Brendan O'Brien, American Grammy Award winning sound engineer and record producer (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Chris Cornell, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960-08-16 Flood [Marc Ellis], British record producer and audio engineer, born in London, England
  • 1962-07-15 Howard Gray, British audio engineer, and record producer (UB40; Apollo 440; Stealth Sonic Orchestra), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1962-07-22 Steve Albini, American writer, recording engineer and musician (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac), born in Pasedena, California
  • 1965-06-14 Trina Shoemaker, American mixer, record producer, and sound engineer (Queens of the Stone Age; Sheryl Crow), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1966-06-07 Eric Kretz, American rock drummer, Songwriter (Stone Temple Pilots - "Plush"), and sound engineer, born in San Jose, California
  • 1967-02-23 Chris Vrenna, American musician, producer, and sound engineer (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-07-06 Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1971-02-28 Nigel Godrich, British record producer, recording engineer, and musician (Radiohead; Thom Yorke; Atoms for Peace), born in Westminster, London

Weddings in Music

  • 1998-02-22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

Deaths in Music

  • 1716-07-09 Joseph Sauveur, French mathematician, physicist and sound engineer who coined the name acoustics for the study of sound from the ancient Greek word ακουστός, meaning "able to be heard", dies at 63
  • 1989-02-06 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 2002-01-31 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • 2002-10-27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 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
  • 2007-08-15 Dave Hassinger, American recording engineer and record producer, dies at 80
  • 2009-09-29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • 2011-03-12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • 2011-04-02 George E Mahlberg, American astronomer (Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson, California, 1974-78), movie actor, sound engineer, and DJ (Dr. Cosmo), dies at 56
  • 2011-04-09 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan, John Denver), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 2011-06-04 Martin Rushent, British sound engineer (Gentle Giant; Shirley Bassey), and record producer (Buzzcocks; The Human League), dies at 62
  • 2013-04-07 Andy Johns, British sound engineer and record producer (Humble Pie; Free; Joe Satriani), dies at 62
  • 2013-07-25 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer (Paper Airplane), commits suicide at 56
  • 2015-02-07 Joe B. Mauldin, American rock double-bass player (The Crickets), songwriter, and recording engineer (Gold Start Studios), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2016-08-25 Rudy Van Gelder, American recording engineer (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), dies at 91
  • 2018-01-26 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80
  • 2018-10-02 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2020-03-09 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2020-08-09 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer ( Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), dies at 71 [1]
  • 2021-04-26 Albert "Al" Schmitt, American Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer (Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand), dies at 91 [1] [2]