Numbered Lists: Geek Alert

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GEEK ALERT: Just watched a documentary about Jeff Lynne. He’s always been one of my favorite people in music and an inspiration to me as a producer. Got me thinking of music producers that have influenced my musical journey as a performer and producer. In no particular order:

  1. Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Del Shannon, Traveling Wilburys)
  2. Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne)
  3. Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier (The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Four Tops)
  4. Eddie Kramer (Peter Frampton, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Led Zeppelin)
  5. Brendan O’Brien (Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots)
  6. Owen Bradley (Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty)
  7. Berry Gordy, Jr. (Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder)
  8. Glyn Johns (Eagles, Steve Miller Band, The Rolling Stones, The Who)
  9. Danger Mouse (Black Keys, Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz)
  10. Phil Ramone (Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, James Taylor)
  11. Jimmy Iovine (Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Simple Minds, U2)
  12. Sam Phillips (Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis)
  13. Quincy Jones (Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra)
  14. T-Bone Burnett (Counting Crows, Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, John Mellencamp)
  15. John Cale (The Stooges, Patti Smith, Squeeze)
  16. Dre (Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Snoop, 50 Cent)
  17. Rick Rubin (The Beastie Boys, The Black Crowes, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine)
  18. Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, Garbage)
  19. George Martin (The Beatles, ’nuff said)
  20. Shel Talmy (The Who, The Kinks, David Bowie, Small Faces)
  21. Phil Spector (The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Beatles, the Ramones)

This list has been a long time in the making. Probably add to it soon enough.